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 August 6, 2018 at 7:19pm

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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

http://www.therepublic.com/2018/08/03/as-indonesia-boat-sinks/

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

http://www.latimes.com/socal/daily-pilot/news/tn-dpt-me-boat-rescue...

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

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/993787/greece-fires-wildfires-...

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

https://news.mb.com.ph/2018/07/20/passenger-boat-with-67-aboard-sin...

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

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/orange/os-boat-capsizes-indian-...

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:

https://myfox8.com/2018/07/22/coast-guard-rescues-two-men-after-boa...

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

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 20, 2018 at 5:47am

https://www.stltoday.com/news/local/state-and-regional/eight-confir...

Eight confirmed dead as boat capsizes on Table Rock Lake near Branson, authorities say

NEAR BRANSON, Mo. • Eight people are dead and an unknown number of others are missing after a tourist boat capsized on Table Rock Lake on Thursday night, the Stone County sheriff said.

Sheriff Doug Rader said that seven people were taken by ambulance from the scene where the Duck Boat sank.

"It capsized and sank," said of the tourist boat. 

He added that the disaster had apparently been caused by a powerful storm that moved through.

Rader said a deputy from his department had been on the boat went it went under. He credited the deputy with rescuing some of those onboard.

He also said that the rescue and recovery would be continuing overnight.

People who had relatives on the boat were urged to go to Branson City Hall to await reports.

Officials with the Southern Stone County Fire Protection District confirmed that several injured people were taken to hospitals and the coroner has been called out for people who have died.

The accident reportedly happened after a severe line of thunderstorms rolled through the area. Officials noted there was "storm debris" around the area.

The Southern Stone County Fire Protection District spokesman Eric Nielsen said the boat, which he described as a "tourist-type vessel," is under the water and cannot be seen from the surface.

The Southern Stone County Fire Protection District said at about 8:20 p.m. that crews from several agencies and divers were on scene and that several people had been taken to a hospital.

The fire district said the Branson Belle showboat is being used in the rescue but was not involved.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 18, 2018 at 4:31pm

https://www.news.com.au/world/breaking-news/boat-with-160-migrants-...

Nineteen dead as boat sinks off Cyprus

Rescuers are still searching for 25 people after 19 migrants died when a boat sank off the coast of northern Cyprus.

ReutersJuly 18, 201811:55pm

Nineteen people died when a boat carrying 150 migrants sank off the coast of northern Cyprus and rescuers were searching for 25 other people, according to Turkey's coast guard.

It said 103 migrants were rescued by boats and helicopters of the Turkish and northern Cypriot coast guards, helped by commercial boats in the area, from the sunken boat some 30km off the north Cyprus coast.

One rescued person was in critical condition and has been brought to northern Cyprus by helicopter, the coast guard said. It did not say where the other rescued passengers had been taken.

A Panama-flagged commercial ship spotted the migrant boat some 25 nautical miles from Turkey's southern province of Antalya and alerted the coast guard on Wednesday morning, the statement said.

In 2015, Turkey became one of the main launch points for more than a million migrants taking the dangerous sea route to the European Union, many fleeing conflict and poverty in the Middle East and Africa.

A 2016 deal between Turkey and the European Union sharply reduced the flow of refugees into the bloc, after thousands died crossing from Turkey to Greek islands a few miles offshore.

From January to May this year at least 26 migrants died trying to cross to Europe from Turkey, according to coast guard statistics.

Mediterranean arrivals to the bloc, including refugees making the longer and more perilous crossing from north Africa to Italy, stood at 172,301 in 2017, down from 362,753 in 2016 and 1,015,078 in 2015, according to data from the United Nations.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 6, 2018 at 4:49am

https://news.sky.com/story/dozens-missing-after-tourist-boats-capsi...


Forty-nine missing in Thailand after tourist boat capsizes off Phuket

Officials had earlier issued a warning of severe weather in the area, including heavy rain and strong winds.

20:00, UK, Thursday 05 July 2018


Phuket
Image: Phuket in southern Thailand is a hot spot for tourists

Forty-nine people are missing after a tourist boat capsized off the popular island resort of Phuket in Thailand, according to officials.

Having earlier reported that at least seven people were missing after the vessel overturned in the Andaman Sea, the governor of the island has now upgraded the total.

The boat was carrying 97 passengers.

Governor Norraphat Plodthong revealed that only 48 people - all from a group of Chinese tourists - had been rescued so far, with all the others unaccounted for.

He earlier said that 90 people had been rescued from the boat, which was returning to Phuket from the island of Koh Racha when it came up against rough waves in the early evening.

Local police commander Teerapol Tipcharoen said the recovery operation would resume on Friday morning, and a relief operation centre has been set up at Chalong Bay.

In a separate incident in the same area at around the same time, another boat carrying 39 people - reportedly Chinese and European tourists - also capsized.




and another link:

https://m.news24.com/World/News/dozens-of-chinese-tourists-missing-...

Dozens of Chinese tourists missing in boat capsize off Thailand's Phuket

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 5, 2018 at 4:33am

https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/dead-sinking-ferry-r...

At least 12 dead as sinking ferry run aground off Sulawesi

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