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 December 16, 2014 at 12:29am

At Least 129 Drown In African Boat Disaster

LUBUMBASHI, DR Congo, Dec 14, (AFP): At least 129 people drowned when a passenger ship capsized on Lake Tanganyika in the southeast of Democratic Republic of Congo, according to a new official death toll Sunday. “Rescue workers recovered a total of 129 bodies,” Laurent Kahozi Sumba, minister for transport of DRC’s Katanga province, told AFP, adding there were a number of women and children among the victims in Thursday’s disaster. The new toll represented a dramatic increase on the provisional figure given Saturday by the government of DRC’s Katanga province, which had spoken of at least 26 dead. So far, the number of survivors stood at 232, mostly men, Kahozi Sumba said, adding that rescue workers had found more people in the water after clinging to petrol cans and other floating objects for more than 48 hours and were now in a very weakened condition. “The search for other survivors and bodies is continuing,” he added.

The accident took place Thursday night in the north of Katanga province, between the towns of Moba and Kalemie. Officials said strong winds and overloading caused the M/V Mutambala, which was bound for Uvira further north in South Kivu province, to capsize. The boat was carrying cargo as well as passengers. The Great Lakes of Central Africa, the best-known of which are Lake Victoria, Lake Tanganyika and Lake Malawi, can be as treacherous in bad weather as many seas. Shipwrecks involving overloaded vessels are frequent and the numbers of fatalities often very high due to a shortage of life jackets and the fact that many people in the region cannot swim. In March, at least 210 Congolese refugees returning home from Uganda drowned when an overcrowded boat sank on Lake Albert, on the border between the two countries.

That shipwreck, which came days after Kinshasa launched a campaign to enforce the wearing of life jackets on the nation’s waterways, was the deadliest in Congolese history, the government said. Lake Tanganyika, which is one of the world’s biggest freshwater lakes as well as being the longest, also borders Tanzania, as well as Burundi and Zambia. The first Europeans to discover the lake were Richard Burton and John Speke, who stumbled across the inland sea on an 1857 expedition to explore inland from the east African coast. By the time they arrived at the body of water Speke’s sight was failing and Burton could barely walk. Speke later continued his travels alone and discovered Lake Victoria.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on December 8, 2014 at 6:49am

70 Ethiopians Dead in Migrant Boat Capsize

At least 70 Ethiopians drowned on the Red Sea Saturday when a migrant boat, bound for Yemen, capsized in rough weather, adding to what was already a record year for maritime smuggling deaths.

Heavy winds and waves battered the vessel before it sank off the port of al-Makha in Taiz province, Yemeni security officials announced Sunday.

In October, the U.N. Refugee Agency declared 2014 the most dangerous in recent memory for migrants trying to reach Yemen by water.

Saturday's sinking marks the deadliest crossing of the year and brings the death toll at sea to at least 285.

Tens of thousands of African migrants risk the overcrowded and unsafe voyage annually.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on December 2, 2014 at 12:50am

South Korean Ship Sinks in Bering Sea; 52 Missing

VOA News

A search-and-rescue mission continues for a South Korean fishing vessel that sank early Monday in the Bering Sea off Russia's far-eastern Chukotka region, officials said.

The Oriong-501 had a crew of 60 people. Eight crew members were pulled out of the water, including one who subsequently died, said Artur Rets, head of the maritime rescue service in Russia's port of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. Another 52 people are missing.

Officials said the ship began to list after taking on water in rough seas, forcing the crew to abandon it.

"When the fish were being hauled in, the vessel was hit by a wave," Rets said, adding that the ship sank at 0530 GMT.

The mission has been hampered by bad weather, with high winds and pounding waves.

The first rescuers did not arrive until more than three hours after the ship first experienced problems. Of the seven rescued, four were on a life raft together, and the rest were holding onto floating debris.

The South Korean fisheries ministry said the 36-year-old vessel, operated by Sajo Industries, had a crew including 35 Indonesians, 13 Philippine nationals, 11 South Koreans and one Russian inspector. None of the seven rescued was Korean.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 17, 2014 at 7:30am

1 dead, 2 rescued after boat capsizes off Boca Chita Key

Posted: Nov 17, 2014 12:42 AM ESTUpdated: Nov 17, 2014 12:42 AM EST

COCONUT GROVE, Fla. (WSVN) -- A day on the water ended in tragedy after a boat with three people on board was rocked by a wave and began taking on water off Boca Chita Key, claiming the life of an elderly man.

Officials said the force of the wave caused the 23-foot vessel to capsize three miles east of Boca Chita Key, just before 3 p.m. on Sunday. "There was a strong current, and it was very choppy," said Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Lt. Ernie Capote.

Emergency crews who responded to the overturned boat said the older victim was in cardiac arrest. "They were doing CPR to the elderly gentleman, so we deployed a diver immediately in the water," said Capote.

Officials said the boater was not breathing but had a pulse. He was airlifted to Mercy Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The two other men and the boat eventually made it back to Black Point Marina in Homestead. They were not hurt.

Capote said the boaters are fortunate their boat did not overturn after dark. "At nightfall, who's going to see them out there? We don't deploy divers at night. We can't lose our divers. They're very lucky. They probably would have spent the night out there," he said. "They didn't have any life jackets on or anything, and it was rough."

Officials have not identified the deceased boater. It remains unclear how he was related to the other two men.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 3, 2014 at 4:59pm

10 killed in boat capsize off Istanbul coast

Ankara, Nov 3 (IANS): At least 10 people were killed and 20 went missing Monday after a boat carrying migrants capsized off Istanbul’s northern coast.

Most of the migrants who died were children, a rescue official said.

According to reports, the boat was carrying 30-40 people, Hurriyet news reported.

Six people have been rescued by Turkish coast guards and rescue teams dispatched to the area while 10 bodies were found near the site of the incident.

Meanwhile, the Istanbul governor’s office confirmed that four bodies were found in the sea as five people were rescued alive.

The accident took place near the village of Rumeli Feneri.

Seven coast guard boats, a helicopter and a special team of divers are assisting the rescue work, officials said.

Fishermen have also been assisting officials in the rescue work.

The refugees were believed to be heading for Romania.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on October 28, 2014 at 7:19pm

India boat capsize kills 3 Russia tourists

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 29, 2014 at 9:35pm

Two drown, 13 hurt as 2 boats capsize

Our Correspondent, Brahmanbaria

Two women drowned and at least 13 others were injured when two passenger boats capsized in Rasulpur beel (water body) and Titas River in Nabinagar upazila at the same time on Sunday evening.

The deceased are Kohinoor Begum, 36, wife of Abdul Bari, and Begum Akhter, 40, wife of Phul Mia of Kurighar village in the upazila.

Local sources said two engine driven boats, each carrying 50 to 55 passengers, were heading towards Kurighar village and Nabinagar upazila headquarters from Gukarna Ghat in Sadar upazila on Sunday afternoon.

As the Kurighar-bound boat reach the middle of the water body around 5:30pm, it overturned due to strong current and sank. Two women went missing and at least 10 others were injured in the incident.

At the same time, the other boat, which was heading for Nabinagar sank in Titas River duo to the same reason. At least three passengers were injured in the boat capsize.

Seeing the boats sinking, four engine boats from nearby places rushed to the spot and rescued the injured passengers. The boatmen, later, recovered the bodies of the two women.

The other passengers of the two boats, however, managed to swim ashore.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 25, 2014 at 6:54am

Paraguay: 13 Missing After Tourist Boat Capsizes

At least three people were dead and 13 were missing after a tourist boat capsized in the Paraguay River during a storm at the town of Carmelo Peralta in northern Paraguay, authorities said Wednesday night.

Aldo Saldivar, operations manager at the state National Emergency Secretariat, said the boat was carrying 11 Paraguayan crew members and 16 Brazilian tourists.

Saldivar said the tourists were on a fishing expedition to the Pantanal, a wetlands region straddling the border with Brazil about 370 miles (600 kilometers) north of Paraguay's capital, Asuncion.

He said the boat capsized in the harbor of Carmelo Peralta. "Apparently the accident occurred during a strong storm," he said.

Saldivar said 11 of the 27 people on the boat had been able to swim to shore after the vessel turned over. Navy divers were called in to look for the missing and three bodies had been recovered before the search was suspended at nightfall, he said

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 22, 2014 at 4:09am

53 rescued from capsized ship

Philippine Navy (PN) personnel successfully rescued all 53 passengers of a passenger vessel that capsized in the waters off Talisay City, Cebu last Friday.

Lieutenant Commander Marineth Domingo of the Naval Public Affairs Office (NPAO) said a motorized passenger boat, M/B Cruiser Sam and Shorty, was on its way to Clarin, Bohol from Pasil Wharf, Cebu City when the vessel capsized in the vicinity of Lauis Ledge, Talisay City at around 3:20 p.m. Friday.

She said members of the Naval Special Operations Unit (NAVSOU) assigned to the Naval Forces Central immediately responded and conducted search and rescue operations.

The NAVSOU arrived at the area of the incident on board two rubber boats. PN vessels VU 471 and BRP Subanon (AT 291) were also deployed to help in the search.

Seventeen passengers were immediately rescued and was brought to Captain Veloso Pier, Naval Forces Central, said Domingo. “They were immediately given food and warm clothing,” she added.

By 8 p.m. Friday, Domingo said 14 more passengers were rescued.

The SAR operation continued and as of 4 a.m. yesterday, PN personnel were able to rescue 53 people who were aboard the capsized M/B Cruiser Sam and Shorty.

Domingo said those rescued include 32 adult males, 14 adult females, and seven children.

“They were immediately transported to Pier 1, Mandaue City, Cebu and was subsequently turned over to Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Central for proper documentation as of 5 this morning,” said Domingo.

Quoting the survivors of the sunken motorboat, the Navy said “the sea was so rough that it had caused panic to all the passengers on board. It subsequently caused the boat to tilt and list, and made the water come inside the boat and soon after capsized.”

“The passengers reported that there were no casualties on the said incident, all were accounted for,” said Domingo. (Elena L. Aben)

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 16, 2014 at 8:04pm

Boat with 32 tourists on board capsizes in Osa during whale-watching tour

September 16th, 2014 ( A boat carrying 32 tourists as part of a whale-watching tour in Bahia Uvita in Osa, Puntarenas, capsized yesterday morning after being struck by a powerful wave.

Other nearby tourist vessels immediately responded to the scene to assist, and none of the occupants – all of whom were wearing life jackets – were injured in the incident.

Most of the tourists were Costa Rican nationals, according to reports.

The National Emergency Commission (CNE) issued a warning on Sunday of possible rough seas along the Pacific coast through Tuesday.

Area tour operators have been busy recently following the arrival of Humpback whales in the area.



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