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 Tuesday

Irish Woman Dies in Yacht Capsize

2nd February 2016


The wrecked yacht hull on the West Coast in Western Cape, South Africa

An Irishwoman has died after a yacht capsized and broke into pieces in South Africa. The 49-year-old woman was on-board the boat Tara in the early hours of yesterday morning with two other crew members when the incident occurred according to the Irish Sun

The boat turned over between Melkbosstrand and Yzerfontein on the West Coast in Western Cape. 

A 66-year-old Irishman, who is a resident in the area, managed to swim to the shore and raise the alarm.

However the Irish woman and a Scottish male were killed in the incident.

Irishwoman dies after yacht capsizes and breaks into pieces in South Africa

The 49-year-old woman was on-board the boat Tara in the early hours of yesterday morning with two other crew members when the incident occurred

Spokesman for the National Subsea Research Initiative, Craig Lambinon said it was unclear what caused the boat to turn over.

Three duty crews were called to the scene at 4.30am local time following reports of a yacht capsized.

An EMS rescue squad and Police Dive Unit were also brought in to aid police.

He added: “On arrival on the scene‚ the local yacht Tara was found broken up in among rocks on the shore line.

“The bodies of a 61-year-old male‚ a Scottish citizen‚ and a 49-year-old female‚ an Irish citizen‚ both residents in the Western Cape‚ were located and recovered and paramedics confirmed they were both deceased and their bodies have been taken into the care of the forensic pathology services.”

Lambinon confirmed to the Irish Sun an investigation will be launched by the South African Maritime Safety Authority.

He said: “It is unknown what caused the yacht to run aground and it could not be confirmed if the yacht had capsized before running aground.

“Family are being assisted by foreign consulates and sincerest condolences are expressed to family and friends by all emergency services involved in the operation today.”

A spokesperson for The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said they are “aware of the death of an Irish citizen in the Western Cape and consular assistance is being provided”.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 1, 2016 at 4:25pm

 Nigeria: Nema Confirms 4 Dead in Another Lagos Boat Mishap

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) says four passengers lost their lives in another boat mishap in Lagos on Saturday morning.

According to NEMA, the accident occurred at Badore in Eti-Osa Local Government Area of the state at about 10.00 a.m.

The South-West spokesman for the agency, Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, disclosed this on Saturday in a statement obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

He, however, said 13 passengers were rescued.

He said the boat with 17 passengers on board capsized at Badore.

"The incident occurred at about 10.00 this morning.

"The boat with 17 people on board which was coming from Ijede capsized at Badore.

"Four people died while 13 others were rescued," he said.

Dr Bandele Onimode, the South-West Zonal Coordinator of the agency, also confirmed that 13 passengers were rescued with help from some agencies.

Onimole lauded the Lagos State Waterways Authority, National Inland Waterways Authority, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency and Marine Police for the rescue efforts.

He said the bodies had been taken to Ijede Hospital morgue.

Comment by Scott on January 29, 2016 at 8:55pm

Capsized cargo ship tossed by rough seas off French coast (1/29/16)

A cargo ship listing nearly 90 degrees in the water was being tossed by rough seas Friday off the coast of France, forcing rescue workers to postpone efforts to tow it to shore.

The captain of the capsized Modern Express, sailing with a load of wood in the Bay of Biscay, 300 kilometers (180 miles) off the coast of France, sent out a distress call on Tuesday and its crew of 22 was evacuated by Spanish helicopters.

France's coastal authority said a team of four experts boarded the listing vessel Friday afternoon but the towing operation failed because of waves that were up to 5 meters (16 feet) high. One expert was slightly injured in the operation and the team was withdrawn from the ship, with its deck nearly in the water, before twilight.

A new towing attempt will be made Saturday morning, the coastal authority said.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 29, 2016 at 12:45am

Chinese boat capsizes off South Korea; 5 rescued, 4 missing

Associated Press

Posted: Wednesday, January 27, 2016 12:05 am | Updated: 2:30 am, Wed Jan 27, 2016.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean divers were looking for at least four people believed to be trapped inside a Chinese fishing boat that capsized near a small southwestern island on Wednesday.

Four people were rescued by nearby Chinese fishing boats, and South Korean divers hours later saved another passenger, who was conscious and able to talk when found. However, another man pulled earlier by South Korean divers was feared to be dead, according to an official from the Ministry of Public Safety and Security. He spoke on condition of anonymity, citing office rules.

Divers believe four other passengers were still inside the boat, which wasn't approved by South Korean authorities to fish in the country's waters, the official said.

An official from maritime police in the port city of Mokpo, who also didn't want to be named, said the boat was being towed by other Chinese boats over unspecified problems when it rolled over 85 kilometers (52 miles) northwest of Gageo island. The other vessels kept the boat from fully submerging until South Korean rescuers arrived, he said.

The accident occurred near a spot where a ferry sank in 2014 and killed more than 300 people, mostly teenagers on a school trip, in what was the country's largest maritime disaster in decades.

Chinese fishing boats have been going farther afield to feed growing domestic demand for seafood as catches decrease in waters close to China's shores. South Korea's maritime police seized about 570 Chinese ships last year for illegal fishing, according to the ministry.

Comment by M. Difato on January 28, 2016 at 7:04pm

The Latest: Greek coast guard raise sinking death toll to 25

ATHENS, GREECE — The Latest on the continuing influx of asylum-seekers and migrants in Europe (all times local): 3:35pm

Greece's coast guard has raised the death toll from a migrant boat sinking Thursday to 25, after recovering seven more bodies from the sea off the northern coast of Samos, an island near the Turkish coast. Ten of the dead are children.

The coast guard said the bodies of five girls, five boys, 10 men and five women have been recovered, while 10 people had been rescued.

A search and rescue operation is continuing in the area, the coast guard said. Survivors' accounts of how many people had been on board were unclear, and authorities are uncertain of how many more people might be missing.

The passengers had been traveling in a wooden boat that partially sank. The exact circumstances of the incident were unclear.


Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 26, 2016 at 4:14am

13 people saved from sinking boat in Fort Lauderdale

 8:39 PM EST Jan 25, 2016

FORT LAUDERDALE BEACH, Fla. - The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating after a 106-foot yacht began taking on water 13 miles off the coast of Lauderdale-by-the-sea in Fort Lauderdale Beach.

A representative from Sea Tow says that 13 people were on board the vessel when it started taking on water, and that everyone is safely on a Coast Guard ship that arrived to help.

The people are being taken to the Coast Guard Miami station.

It's unknown why the boat started to sink. The yacht, according to Sea Tow, is called the Serena III.

A representative for Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue said its units had been canceled from the call, and that the Coast Guard was handling the incident.

The condition of the vessel was not immediately known. Sea Tow is trying to salvage the boat.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 25, 2016 at 9:10pm

Sonar vehicle searching for MH370 sinks after hitting volcano in Indian Ocean

Sunday 24 January 2016

Vessel attached to Fugro Discovery lost while searching for Malaysia Airlines plane missing with 239 people on board

The Fugro Discovery, which lost its sonar vehicle in the Indian Ocean when it crashed into an underwater volcano on Sunday. Photograph: AFP

A deep-sea exploration vehicle searching for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has been lost on the ocean floor after colliding with a submerged volcano.

The agency running the search said the collision with the 2,200-metre mud volcano on Sunday broke the cable attaching the Fugro Discovery search vessel to the sonar vehicle, known as a towfish, leaving the towfish and 4,500m of cable on the bed of the Indian Ocean.

MH370 vanished from radar in March 2014 and is believed to have crashed in the Indian Ocean, killing all 239 people on board. An extensive search has been under way for the vessel over the past 18 months.

After initially focusing on visual surveys to try to find floating debris, a new phase for the search began in October 2014 to scour the ocean floor using two vessels, the Fugro Discovery and the GO Phoenix.

On Sunday the sonar vehicle attached to the Fugro Discovery was lost after it ran into a mud volcano jutting out from the ocean floor.

On Monday the Joint Agency Coordination Centre said: “Yesterday, while conducting search activities in the southern Indian Ocean, Fugro Discovery lost the sonar vehicle deep tow (towfish) being used to search the ocean floor.

“The towfish collided with a mud volcano which rises 2,200 metres from the seafloor resulting in the vehicle’s tow cable breaking. The towfish and 4,500 metres of cable became separated from the vessel and are now resting on the seafloor.”

No injuries were sustained by crew. The centre believes it will be able to recover the vessel. The search for the missing plane continues.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 25, 2016 at 8:58pm

One dead, three missing after boat sinks in east China

Xinhua News Agency | Tue,2016-01-26 QINGDAO, Jan. 25 (Xinhua) -- Rescuers are searching for three people who remain missing more than two days after a fishing boat sank off the coast of Shandong Province in east China.
The ship sank near Shidao Island on Saturday morning, according to the provincial maritime safety administration.
Of the 10 crew aboard the 37-meter long vessel, "Liaodanyu 28362," one died and six were rescued from the water alive.
A ship has been despatched by Qingdao City maritime search and rescue center to find the missing. Enditem

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 24, 2016 at 4:15am

Miracle as British couple RESCUED after tourist boat SINKS in Caribbean storm killing nine

A BRITISH couple have been rescued after a tourist boat capsized in a horror Caribbean storm leaving at least nine dead and four missing.

It is thought that the vessel was caught up in strong winds as it travelled 2.5 miles between Corn Island and Little Corn Island.

A source told that a British couple were involved in the terrifying incident but they escaped alive.

One of the pair has been named locally as Edward Beckett.

Nicaraguan naval official Marvin Corrales claimed the boat did not have approval when it made the trip.

Another official added: "Although they had no permission to sail, they took the risk and went out in the boat, so we have no passenger data," said Berrios.

The Corn Islands, 43 miles from Nicaragua, are a popular tourist destination for snorkelling and scuba diving.

There were 21 people rescued, 13 from Costa Rica, three from Nicaragua, two from Britain, two US citizens and one Brazilian.

The eight women and one man killed are all from Costa Rica.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 22, 2016 at 6:02am

Breakaway Barges Close Section of Mississippi River

January 21, 2016

Pin shows location of West Pointe A La Hache, Louisiana

A three-mile section of the Mississippi River was closed Wednesday after 22 barges broke free, some of them hitting other vessels before they were brought under control or came to rest.

The incident occurred at mile marker 54 on the Mississippi River near West Pointe a la Hache in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana on Wednesday.

The 22 barges were all loaded with coal and petroleum coke, a coal like substance.

The Coast Guard said Wednesday that three deep-draft motor vessels transiting the river – Q Jake, Serena P and Ocean Tomo – sustained damage after colliding with a few of the barges. A portion of dry-bulk soy beans from one of the vessels entered the river and the release has since been secured. The three vessels involved in the collisions have been safely anchored.

The Coast Guard closed the Mississippi River between mile markers 51 to 54 beginning at 12:58 p.m. Wednesday. As of Thursday the river remained closed from mile marker 50 to 53.

All but one of the barges has been accounted for.

The vessel queue is 21 south bound and 18 up bound, the Coast Guard said Thursday afternoon.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

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