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 March 24, 2019 at 3:52pm

https://www.aol.com/article/news/2019/03/24/tugs-tow-norway-cruise-...

Tugs tow Norway cruise ship after 463 rescued; 17 injured

STAVANGER, Norway (AP) — More than 450 passengers were airlifted off a cruise ship that got stranded off Norway's western coast in bad weather before the rescue operation was suspended Sunday so the vessel could be towed to a nearby port, Norwegian authorities said.

Five helicopters flying in the pitch dark took the evacuated passengers from the tossing ship in a painstaking process that continued throughout the night. The rescues took place under difficult conditions that included wind gusts up to 38 knots (43 mph) and waves over 8 meters (26 feet).

Some 17 people were hospitalized with injuries, police said.

Passenger Alexus Sheppard told The Associated Press in a message sent from the Viking Sky that people with injuries or disabilities were winched off the cruise ship first. The atmosphere onboard grew calmer after the rescue operation's first dramatic hours, Sheppard said.

"It was frightening at first. And when the general alarm sounded it became VERY real," she wrote.

Photos posted on social media showed the ship listing from side to side, and furniture smashing violently into walls.

"We saw two people taken off by stretcher," another passenger, Dereck Brown, told Norwegian newspaper Romsdal Budstikke. "People were alarmed. Many were frightened but they were calm."

The Viking Sky carried 1,373 passengers and crew members when it had engine trouble in an unpredictable area of the Norwegian coast known for rough, frigid waters.

The crew issued a mayday call Saturday afternoon.

Police said the crew, fearing the ship would run aground, managed to anchor in Hustadvika Bay so the evacuations could take place.

Coast guard official Emil Heggelund estimated to newspaper VG that the ship was 100 meters (328 feet) from striking rocks under the water and 900 meters (2,953 feet) from shore when it stopped.

The ship was visiting the Norwegian towns and cities of Narvik, Alta, Tromso, Bodo and Stavanger before its scheduled arrival Tuesday in the British port of Tilbury on the River Thames. The passengers mostly were a mix of American, British, Canadian, New Zealand and Australian citizens.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on March 19, 2019 at 3:39pm

https://www.nola.com/news/2019/03/1-missing-in-river-after-towing-v...

Captain missing after towing vessel sinks in Plaquemines Parish

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on March 19, 2019 at 5:12am

https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/6-rescued-1-missing-in-tu...

Boat capsizes off Mumbai coast, one missing, six saved

The owner of the tugboat, Ravi Kiran Iyer, 47, identified the missing person as Abdul Azeez. He is a resident of West Bengal and has been working on the vessel for the past eight months.

India Updated: Mar 19, 2019 04:41 IST

A 53-year-old man is missing, while six others were rescued after a tugboat carrying them capsized around 12 nautical miles off the Mumbai coast, on Monday. The tugboat, called Revti, and its crew, were hired on a contract basis to work on a sewage pipeline installation in Tarapur, Palghar.

The owner of the tugboat, Ravi Kiran Iyer, 47, identified the missing person as Abdul Azeez. He is a resident of West Bengal and has been working on the vessel for the past eight months. At the time of going to press, a search for Azeez was still on. It is still unclear what caused the accident.

The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) said they received an emergency call at 10:50am. “We reached the tugboat around 11am. We were able to rescue six of the crew members from the sinking vessel, but one person is missing,” said Vineesh Krishnan, the spokesperson and deputy commandant, ICG. The vessel was recently repaired, according to Iyer. “I spent Rs 70 lakh to repair the tugboat a few months ago. It seems something major happened and it capsized,” he said.

An ICG ship ‘Amartya’, a fast patrol vessel on a surveillance mission, was the first to respond to the emergency call. It was diverted to undertake the search and rescue operation.

“One more ICG ship conducted a surface search for the missing crew member, while a Chetak helicopter did a sea-air coordinated search,” Krishnan said.

The condition of the rescued members is stable. They will be investigated by the Yellow Gate police station, the ICG official said.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on March 9, 2019 at 3:28am

http://www.thedrive.com/news/26795/blood-everywhere-norwegian-cruis...

'Blood Everywhere': Cruise Ship Tilted By Freak 115-MPH Wind Gust, Passengers Injured

"I kept thinking it can’t possibly keep tipping, and it kept tipping," a passenger said.

March 6, 2019

A 4,200-passenger cruise ship was unexpectedly rocked by an "extreme" 115-mph wind gust off the mid-Atlantic coast late Sunday night, Norwegian Cruise Lines has confirmed, sending the massive vessel into a dangerous list and injuring multiple passengers.

The Breakaway-plus class Norwegian Escape set sail from New York City on Sunday afternoon on a seven-day round-trip voyage to the Bahamas with a stop in Florida along the way. Just hours into its trip, the usual cacophony of chirping slot machines and clattering buffet trays was pierced by screams when a freak wind gust slammed into the ship's starboard side and tilted it at least 20 degrees.

Videos recorded by terrified passengers show people hanging onto whatever solid item they can as tables and chairs slide down the sloping floor. The air is filled with the sounds of glass and furniture breaking, soon joined by the cries of the injured as the ship slowly rights itself after a few minutes of sheer panic.

The exact number of injuries hasn't been confirmed; Florida Today reports a "string" of ambulances met the Norwegian Escape when it arrived in Port Canaveral on Tuesday and transported at least eight people to a local hospital. Social media posts from passengers describe everything from cuts and bruises to broken bones and panic attacks.

"I kept thinking it can’t possibly keep tipping, and it kept tipping. Everything in our room falling and sliding...I have never been so scared in my whole life," passenger Samantha Foster told Crew Center. "Even the cruise director when we came on right after the tilting started, his voice was shaking and he could barely speak. All the plates and glassware smashed on the floor. A lotto machine fell on a lady. Blood everywhere."

"My goodness, we heard glass crash and all the noise. Then from there, the boat started listing even more—and that's when the panic hit," another passenger told Florida Today. "We were looking for the life preservers. And I was looking to jump out the window and jump on the nearest thing around."

In a statement on Twitter, Norwegian Cruise Lines acknowledged the incident and an unspecified number of injuries, but it said the ship itself was undamaged and will continue on its voyage as scheduled. The freak wind gust, rare but not unheard of, was reportedly spawned by the same powerful storm system that generated deadly tornados in Alabama earlier that day.

These super-sized vessels are slightly top-heavy, but not enough to actually capsize in a situation like this. In addition to having advanced, computer-controlled ballast systems, the center of gravity is simply too low thanks to all the heavy mechanical systems lying at and below the waterline. There has never been a case of wind alone taking out a ship of this size, which admittedly offers little comfort when your stateroom is tilted at a 40-degree angle.

The Norwegian Escape isn't the only cruise ship out to run into dangerously bad weather off the Atlantic coast in recent years—a rollicking winter storm trashed the interior of a Royal Caribbean boat in 2016 in roughly the same area. Though no passengers were injured in that instance, the damage was bad enough that the Anthem of the Seas had to return to port. Hey, sure beats norovirus.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on March 2, 2019 at 7:16am

https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2019/03/01/one-dead-five-mi...

One dead, five missing after boat capsizes near Pulau Nunuyan

SANDAKAN, March 1 — The body of a seven-year-old boy, believed to be one of the victims of the boat capsize incident near Pulau Nunuyan yesterday, was found today.

Sandakan Zone Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) deputy operation director, Maritime Commander Mohd Khairulanuar Abd Majid said the body was found at 4pm, just 100 metres from the spot the boat was believed to have capsized.

“The body was taken to the Duchess of Kent Hospital for post mortem,” he said.

Earlier, five victims were rescued by the Royal Malaysian Navy, while five others, including a woman and two children, were still missing.

The search and rescue operation for the missing victims would resume tomorrow. — Bernama


Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 15, 2019 at 8:08am

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/supply-boat-capsizes-sinks-n...

Supply boat capsizes, sinks near Pedra Branca

A supply vessel was reported to have capsized and sunk in Singapore territorial waters yesterday morning, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) said.

The Dominica-flagged supply vessel, Ocean Cooper 2, was in the westbound lane of the Traffic Separation Scheme - an international maritime route system to manage ship traffic in busy waters - when it sank about three nautical miles from Pedra Branca, a small island 40km east of Singapore.

The incident happened in the Singapore Strait, one of the world's busiest shipping zones.

MPA received news of the sinking at about 7.15am.

All three Indonesian crew members were rescued unhurt by an accompanying supply vessel, Jolly Rachel, belonging to the same company as the vessel which sank. No oil pollution was reported.

MPA issued navigational broadcasts asking ships to navigate with caution in the vicinity after the incident. MPA, which is investigating the incident, also deployed a craft to survey the wreck.

Traffic in the Singapore Strait remains unaffected

Last month, an undersea cable and pipe-laying ship, the Vanuatu-flagged MV Star Centurion, capsized in Indonesian waters of the Singapore Strait after colliding with a tanker. No deaths were reported in the incident.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 24, 2019 at 5:14am

https://www.news18.com/news/india/boat-carrying-28-passengers-capsi...

Boat With 26 Passengers Capsizes in Karnataka, 8 Dead; Navy's Chetak Helicopters Join Rescue Ops

Of the 26 people in the boat, 17 were rescued immediately by other civil boats operating in the area, the police said

January 21, 2019, 9:18 PM IST

Bengaluru: Eight people are feared dead and one person is missing after a boat carrying 26 pilgrims capsized when it was returning from Kurumagada island in the Arabian sea to Rabindranath Tagore Beach near Karwar. The incident occurred at around 3 pm on Monday afternoon.

Vinay Patil, superintendent of police, Karwar, said the rescue operation is underway and the accident seems to have occurred after the driver lost control of the boat

Condoling the death of pilgrims, Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy tweeted: “I am shocked to learn about the boat accident near SagaraDarshana in Uttara Kannada.I spoke to the Dist-in-Charge Min. @RV_Deshpande and took stock of the situation and directed DC of UK dist to speed up the rescue work. My prayers are with the near and dear ones of the victims.”

Of the 26 people in the boat, 17 were rescued immediately by other civil boats operating in the area.

The Indian Navy dispatched two Chetak helicopters and two fast interceptor crafts to help with the search and rescue operations and recovered eight bodies. Search is on for the one person still missing

another link:

https://www.heraldgoa.in/Goa/Karwar-boat-capsize-toll-mounts-to-13/...

Karwar boat capsize toll mounts to 13

CANACONA: With the recovery of five more bodies on Tuesday, the total deaths in Monday’s Karwar boat tragedy has mounted to 13; and at least six are believed to be still missing.

Sources at Sadashivgad police station in Karwar taluka said that there were at least 34 pilgrims onboard the Fibre Reinforced Plastic Boat which was manned by one helsman and three assistants when it capsized at the confluence of river Kali in Karwar on Monday.

One of the deceased is Geeta Janmejay Talekar (48), a resident of Prabhunagar, Ponda, an officer at Sadashivgad police station added.

Providing fresh details of the unfortunate incident, sources said that the ill-fated boat was carrying more than its carrying capacity of 24 passengers and four crew.

“The overloaded boat got tilted slightly when it was hit by a bigger wave, at which point all the terrified pilgrims rushed to the other side to balance the boat when it got flipped,” a survivor said giving account of how the accident happened.

A total of 19 pilgrims who had somehow clung on to the overturned boat were saved by other similar vessels in the vicinity which were later joined by Coast Guard, Marine Police and Navy.

They employed all the assets at their disposal to undertake rescue and search operation, and by late Monday evening authorities had released an update saying there were 34 pilgrims and four crew on board, when the boat capsized at about 3 pm on Monday.

A total of 19 passengers, who included men, women and children of various age groups were rescued on Monday itself. The search operation was later abandoned and was resumed on early Tuesday morning.

After a massive search from Polem till Ankola with the help of a marine police interceptor, drone and helicopter another five bodies were retrieved on Tuesday while at least six are still feared missing, sources said.

Karnataka: 8 drown after boat capsizes off Karwar coast; 7 m ..

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 10, 2019 at 4:49am

https://www.khq.com/news/fishing-boat-capsizes-in-oregon-killed/art...

Fishing boat capsizes in Oregon, 3 killed

NEWPORT, Ore. - A commercial fishing boat capsized in rough waters off the Oregon coast, killing three men aboard.

The U.S. Coast Guard said the vessel, the Mary B. II, overturned about 10 p.m. Tuesday as it crossed Yaquina Bay Bar in Newport, Oregon.

Authorities say crews faced 12- to 14-foot waves during the initial response as they tried to rescue the fishermen.

KATU reports that the Coast Guard pulled one fisherman from the sea Tuesday, and the man later died. Authorities say a second body washed ashore after midnight and the third body was found on the hull of the boat.

Identities have not been released.

Newport is about 130 miles southwest of Portland.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 4, 2019 at 6:42am

https://www.thesundaily.my/world/two-dead-30-missing-after-boat-cap...

Two dead, 30 missing after boat capsizes near Guinea capital

Dakar: At least two people died and another 30 are missing after a boat carrying New Year’s revellers capsized off the coast of Guinea’s capital Conakry, local authorities said on Wednesday.

Maritime officials said at least 40 people were onboard the boat which was meant for fishing trips and not for transporting multiple passengers, some of whom were drunk Nine people were rescued, but at least 30 were still missing, one maritime police source said. Local maritime agency Anam said that after the New Year’s eve festivities the boat illegally made the trip to a group of islands near Conakry, a favoured destination for tourists and residents of the capital.

The Anam agency cited witnesses saying some of the passengers were drunk and their movements on the boat may have caused it to capsize. — AFP

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on December 30, 2018 at 5:20am

http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/at-least-11-die-as-boat-sinks-i...

At least 11 people die as boat sinks in Suriname

Saturday, December 29, 2018

PARAMARIBO, Suriname (CMC) — The search continued yesterday for survivors after a boat sank on Coppename River, leaving as many as 11 people dead and several others missing.

Portion of article:

The boat sank near the village of Kalebas Creek, about halfway to its destination. Boskamp is a popular trans-shipment point from where passengers can catch the bus to either Paramaribo in the east or Nickerie in the west, both bustling with year-end activities.

The reports say that the boat's departure time may have been unfortunate; it was pitch-dark in the area and a strong wind had been torturing the river.

Village Elder Conchita Alcantara at Kalebas Creek told local Radio ABC that the boat captain had chosen to set sail at that hour because the river was too rough at night, but a “big wave” still caused panic.

“Everybody shifted to one side of the boat, which caused it to capsize. They still tried to scoop the water out, but it was too late. And then a second big wave came that pushed everybody apart, with the dramatic result,” she said.

Alcantra said she had been alerted of the incident around 5:00 am and that she sent out rescue teams to look for survivors.

https://caribbeannewsservice.com/now/several-killed-as-boat-sinks-i...

and another:

https://en.tempo.co/read/1159882/boat-sinks-in-seribu-islands-alleg...

Boat Sinks in Seribu Islands, Allegedly Due to Bad Weather

29 December 2018 16:34 WIB

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The head of Seribu Islands harbormaster office, Captain Herbert Marpaung, said a tugboat sailing from Belitung Island to Tanjung Priok sank in the waters of the Seribu Islands on Thursday, December 27.

“The Srimaju 933 tugboat was towing a barge,” Herbert said, Saturday, December 29. The news of the boat sink was previously spread through an Instagram account @jktinfo.

Based on the report stated by the harbourmaster personnel, the boat carried 10 crews. All crews were successfully evacuated and are currently in the harbourmaster office in Marunda, North Jakarta.

Based on the ship's crews information, the accident did not occur in the waters of the Seribu Islands, but in the Java Sea. “About 60 miles northeast of Seribu Islands,” Herbert said.

Herbert added that the weather in the waters of the Seribu Islands and surrounding areas was indeed bad. The harbourmaster has issued a warning to boats that normally operate in the waters of Seribu Islands. “Bad weather is predicted to occur until January 2,” he said.

The head of the Weather Forecast sub-directorate of the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) Agie Wandala Putra said that 2.5 to 4 meter high waves were likely to occur. In addition, several regions, including Jakarta, have the potential for strong winds.

Until now, the shipwreck of the sinking boat has not been found. Three harbourmaster offices of Tanjung Priok, Seribu Islands, and Marunda, have issued a warning to boats passing around the waters of the Seribu Islands to take cautious measures

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