In less than a week, I have noted 3 ships capsizing, 1 in Baja, MX, July 4th.....another in Jayapura, Papua and the most recent in Russia in the Volga River.

Across the globe we hear more and more stories of fisherman who can't bring their boats out to do their work.  The seas are angry and unpredictable.  Here''s another story of a fishing boat carrying 27 tourists with 16 Mexican crew members struggling in the sea when the ship capsized.

California residents rescued in fatal boat accident in Mexico

Fishing boat sinks in Baja

One person was reported dead and seven others missing Monday afternoon after a fishing boat carrying 27 U.S. tourists and 16 Mexican crew members capsized in rough seas in the Sea of Cortez, officials said.

The 27 tourists, most of them from California, were aboard the charter vessel Erick when a sudden storm struck the area about 2:30 a.m., hurling people into the ocean in the vicinity of San Luis Island, about 60 miles south of the Baja California port of San Felipe, the Mexican Navy said in a statement. The body water in which the ship capsized is also known as the Gulf of California.

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"The weather was calm, and then a strong wind came,"  Dora Winkler, a spokeswoman with the Port of San Felipe, told the Los Angeles Times.

Some of the first people rescued -- two tourists and the boat's cook -- were plucked from the water by a Mexican fishing boat, according to Winkler.

All of the 16 Mexican crew members were rescued, she said. The tourist who died was only identified as an adult male. Initial reports said six people were missing; officials later raised the number to seven.

A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter from San Diego was assisting the Mexican navy as rescue crews scoured the area for survivors, said Coast Guard Petty Officer Pamela Boehland.

She said the Coast Guard was told by the Mexican Navy that most of the passengers were from Northern California and that one was from Port Angeles, Wash. The search was launched after one of the victims swam to shore and alerted Mexican officials, Boehland said.

"He swam to shore and actually walked to the nearest location," Boehland said, adding that she was unsure whether it was a town or village.

Mexican officials said all of the survivors were wearing life jackets. They were taken to local hospitals and appeared to be in good condition, the Mexican Navy said.

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Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 21, 2018 at 8:34am

Lake Victoria ferry crash: More than 200 feared dead after boat capsizes in Tanzania

Vessel reportedly had capacity of 100 passengers

More than 200 people are feared to have drowned in Tanzania after a ferry capsized on Lake Victoria.

The MV Nyerere ferry sank on Thursday afternoon near Ukara Island, local officials said.

The ferry, which is reported to have a capacity of 100 passengers, was travelling between Bugorara and the Ukala islands, close to Mwanza, Tanzania’s second largest city.

The vessel is understood to have capsized when it was close to docking.

The Tanzania Electrical, Mechanical and Electronics Services Agency (TEMESA) confirmed the incident in a statement and said rescue efforts were underway.

However they were unable to confirm passenger numbers

Tanzanian newspaper The Citizen reported that 20 people were rescued by fishermen immediately after the accident.

"We pray to God to give us hope in such an accident," Regional Commissioner Adam Malima said, the BBC reports.

"We pray to God to give us hope that there has not been a high death toll."

Ukerewe District Commissioner Colonel Lucas Magembe told Reuters reporters 42 people had already been confirmed dead and that the rescue mission had been halted until dawn on Friday.

The cause of the incident is not yet clear, but accidents are not uncommon on Lake Victoria with overloading and overcrowding frequently found to be the cause

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 17, 2018 at 6:13am

Four drown in Solomons after boat sinks

7:16 pm on 16 August 2018
Four people are dead in Solomon Islands after a boat they were travelling on sank in rough seas.

Provincial Police Commander Central Province, Superintendent Patricia Leta said the loading capacity was for six passengers but a total of 16 boarded the boat.

She said least 12 people were confirmed to have survived the tragedy and there were children among the survivors

The police said the boat had been travelling from Toa to Burungia village in Central Province yesterday.

Superintendent Leta said a police inquiry will be held and police at Tulagi will work closely with relatives of the deceased and the survivors.

Two weeks ago a Central Province banana boat, with nine people on board, went missing, sparking a major search.

The people were found five days later washed up on Isabel - their destination had been Honiara.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 15, 2018 at 11:48pm

Six people rescued as their boat sinks near Kuwaiti shores

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Marine firefighters rescued six people who were on board a wooden boat before it capsized close to the Port of Doha on Monday. None of the crew members sustained any injuries, Kuwait Fire Service Directorate said in a statement.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 15, 2018 at 11:39pm

Tug carrying up to 22,000 litres of fuel capsizes in Fraser River off Vancouver

There were four people aboard the vessel and all were rescued by the crew on a nearby tug

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 6, 2018 at 7:19pm

Tourist boat sinks off Palawan; crewmen, passengers safely rescued

Published August 6, 2018 10:13pm

Crewmen and guests were safely rescued from a tourist boat which sank in the waters off Helicopter Island in El Nido, Palawan on Monday.

According to the Philippine military, the Western Command Naval Ship BRP Nestor Reinoso (PC 380) responded to the emergency at noon after receiving a call from Captain Lakanni Hidalgo, security officer of Ayala Resort.

When PC 380 reached the area, a speedboat from the Miniloc resort was in the process of rescuing those aboard the sinking M/B Cleopatra.

The tourist boat M/B Cleopatra sailed from El Nido for a private island tour. Aboard were 10 Filipino guests, a tour guide, and three crewmen, including the vessel's captain Hayrone Sulayman.

As they sailed towards a small lagoon in Miniloc Island, heavy seas badly damaged the Cleopatra's bow.

Sulayman positioned the guests on his boat's fantail in an attempt to keep for the boat level, but the vessel continued to sink due to sea conditions.

Other tourist boats managed to come to the assistance of the Cleopatra and transferred the tourists off the sinking vessel.

The Cleopatra's crew, however, remained aboard even as the boat began to quickly drift towards the Dimumacad and Calaragnan Islands.

Eventually, all the guests and crewmen were rescued and all were back safe in El Nido by 1 p.m.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 4, 2018 at 6:04am

Fishing boat capsizes off Java, all 13 aboard missing

JAKARTA, Indonesia — A fishing boat capsized Friday in bad weather off Indonesia’s main island of Java, leaving 13 people missing, a rescue official said.

The boat, Bunga Hati 2, left port from the town of Karangsong in West Java and capsized in the Java Sea about 20 miles (32 kilometers) from Biawak Island off the northern coast of Java.

A spokesman for the local search and rescue agency, Joshua Banjarnahor, said rescuers found the capsized ship and its net but none of the crewmen.

He said the boat left port during strong winds and high waves.

Eight ships and nearly 100 people were searching for the missing crew, Banjarnahor said. The search was hampered by strong winds and huge waves.

A cargo ship reportedly sailed through the area of the sinking and officials were trying to contact it, hoping it had rescued the crewmen, Banjarnahor said.

Sea accidents are common in Indonesia, an archipelago of more than 17,000 islands, with weak enforcement of safety regulations often to blame.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 25, 2018 at 6:31pm

13 people rescued from sinking boat off Newport Beach

Jul 24, 2018 | 11:45 AM

Thirteen people were rescued Sunday when a 30-foot fishing boat began to sink off the coast of Newport Beach.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department Harbor Patrol responded at about 2:20 p.m. after a boat owner reported that his vessel, Bonnie Mac, was smoking and taking on water about a half-mile south of the Newport Harbor entrance, according to a Sheriff’s Department news release.

The 51-year-old Irvine resident and his 18-year-old son, who had invited friends for a cruise on the ocean, couldn’t figure out what was wrong with the boat. So they decided to head back toward the harbor and call for help, authorities said. Their names were not released.

Harbor Patrol crews and Newport Beach lifeguards arrived and evacuated the occupants from the sinking vessel.

“Tying a rescue boat to the vessel, the crew used three pumps in an attempt to dispel water more quickly than the damaged fishing boat was taking it on, but the flooding outpaced the power of the pumps,” the Sheriff’s Department said in a statement.

The weight of the sinking boat started to tip the Harbor Patrol vessel, so the crew cut the fishing boat free. It sank in less than a minute at about 2:45 p.m., according to the Sheriff’s Department.

Harbor Patrol helped pull the sunken Bonnie Mac from the ocean Monday night. The origin of the problem with the boat was unclear.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 25, 2018 at 7:50am

Greece fires: Ten tourists drown when boat capsizes in tragic rescue

TEN tourists drowned as a boat trying to rescue them from the inferno engulfing the forest capsized, raising the number of victims to at least 74.

PUBLISHED: 22:53, Tue, Jul 24, 2018

Desperate holidaymakers and residents were forced into the water by a wildfire that “struck like a flamethrower” in the Greek town of Mati.

But some of those who survived the blaze found their death in the sea.

Among them, a mother and son from Poland died when the vessel flipped in the rough seas.

The boat had picked up guests from a hotel in Mati which they escaped as fires tore through the resort. Continues......................

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 24, 2018 at 12:11am

Passenger boat with 67 aboard sinks off Batangas

Published July 20, 2018, 7:02 PM

CALATAGAN, Batangas — A ferryboat with 57 passengers and a crew of 10 sank in waters off this town due to strong waves Friday afternoon, police said.

(photo from Pixabay)

(photo from Pixabay)

An initial report from Batangas Police Provincial Office (PPO) said “M/V Lucky Benjamin” sank at 2:05 p.m. while approaching the boundary of Calatagan and Occidental Mindoro.

The PPO said all passengers and crew survived the accident.

It was learned that M/V Lucky Benjamin was headed for Looc, Occidental Mindoro.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 23, 2018 at 11:55pm

Eleven people rescued from Indian River after boat capsizes near Brewer Bridge, Titusville fire officials say

Eleven people were rescued Sunday from the Indian River after a boat they were riding in capsized near the north side of Max Brewer Bridge, according to the Titusville Fire Department.

Fire officials launched a boat rescue operation with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and brought back nine adults and two children to the marina around 3:30 p.m., the fire department said on Twitter.

“There is no report of any medical need at this time, the department said. One person was evaluated at the scene but refused transport to a hospital.

Videos posted on the department’s Twitter page showed officials driving rescue boats from an island to the shore.

and another:

Coast Guard rescues two men after boat capsizes off the North Carolina coast

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