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 June 6, 2015 at 9:56pm

German, Filipino die as boat sinks off Bahrain

DUBAI: Two men, a German and a Filipino, have drowned after the boat they were aboard sank in Gulf waters off Bahrain, the official BNA news agency quoted the coast guard as saying.
Another four passengers, whose nationalities were not given, were rescued following the incident Friday near the King Fahd Causeway linking the archipelago with Saudi Arabia.
They were said to be in good health.
Details were not immediately available on the type of the vessel, which was towed to a nearby naval base.
There was also no information on its origin and destination nor the cause of the accident.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on June 3, 2015 at 6:15am

Four dead after boat capsizes on Bear Lake

06/01/2015 10:04 PM

BEAR LAKE STATE PARK, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - Four people are dead after they were thrown into the cold waters of Bear Lake when their boat capsized Monday night.

According to family members, Lance Capener and his two daughters Kelsey and Kylie died. The girl's friend Siera Hadley also died.

During this time there was a very violent wind storm in the area that caused the boat to capsize.

Utah State Parks officers and Rich County Search and Rescue and other emergency responders eventually located the boat and all occupants were transported to medical facilities.

It was supposed to be a mother-daughter excursion on Bear Lake Monday. But those who were there said it started turning ugly and they were ready to call it a day and started heading for the marina.

Caroline Anderson and her daughter were there too. Her daughter had been on the boat earlier. The girls were taking turns throughout the afternoon. But on the final run Anderson and her daughter stayed behind. The boat with 7 on board headed out one last time.

“We could see that the wind was rocking the boat,” said Anderson.

Comment by casey a on June 2, 2015 at 8:33am

Chinese ship sinks with at least 450 on board, in the Yangtze river

- It wastravelling from the eastern city of Nanjing to Chongqing in the south-west when it sank in Jianli county.

-BBC's Jo Floto in Beijing says that China has not seen a disaster on such a scale for a long time. The government has exerted huge control over information coming out from the scene, with local journalists stopped from getting close to the scene, he adds.

-The captain and the chief engineer...were quoted earlier as saying that the boat had been caught in a cyclone and sank within minutes

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on June 1, 2015 at 7:43am

Pattaya-Koh Lan passenger boat sinks

Pattaya, Chon Buri:- A passenger boat sank shortly after it left Koh Lan heading back to the Pattaya shore Sunday evening, police said. All of its 82 passengers were safely rescued by two other passenger boats.
Pattaya police chief Pol Col Sukthat Pumpanmuang was alerted that a passenger boat was sinking in the sea off Thonglang beach of Koh Lan.  He dispatched police officers to inspect the accident and they found the Phet Thara 7 boat gradually sinking and all 82 passengers, who are officials from the Buri Ram Court, had been evacuated to two other passenger boats.
Khamtan Thungthaisong, 47, the boat skipper, said he had received the group of passengers from Tawaen beach to take them back to Pattaya but when the boat sailed past the Thonglang beach, water gushed into the boat's bottom.
As a result, he sent out an SOS for boats nearby to evacuate the passengers while his boat gradually sank. He said he did not know what caused the water to leak into the boat.
Later on, Rewat Phoriang, the director of the Harbor Region 6 Office, which is in charge of Pattaya, ordered the owner of the boat to salvage it to find out what caused the accident.
Rewat said the boat might hit a rock, causing a hole in its hull, or its water pump might malfunction.
He praised the boat skipper for sending SOS signal in time for safe evacuation of passengers.
The Phet Thara company has changed its name from Koh Lan Travel after one of its boat sank in the Pattaya Sea, a source said.
Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on May 24, 2015 at 8:06am

Fishing boat with 500 gallons of diesel sinks in Ilwaco Channel

May 23, 2015 at 5:37 PM, updated May 23, 2015 at 5:48 PM

ILWACO, Wash. — The Coast Guard is monitoring a sunken fishing vessel in Ilwaco Channel for possible pollution and as a potential hazard to navigation.

Coast Guard pollution responders and investigators arrived on the scene around 8:40 a.m. Saturday. A light sheen has been reported in the area. The boat has up to 500 gallons of diesel fuel aboard the vessel.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Katelyn Shearer reports the Coast Guard office in Warrenton, Oregon, received a report from a good Samaritan early Saturday that the 37-foot fishing vessel Four Forty was stuck in a piling in the channel. Shearer says the good Samaritan also rescued two people from that vessel before it sank in about 40 feet of water.

The Coast Guard says the owner of the fishing boat is working with a salvage company to remove it from the channel.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on May 24, 2015 at 7:56am

Boat sinks 4 miles south of Perdido Pass, vessel named 'Heck Yeah' came to help

At approximately noon on Saturday, Alabama Marine Patrol  received a report of a vessel in distress approximately four miles south of Perdido Pass in Orange Beach according to a press release from ALEA.

Alabama Marine Patrol responded from the Ole River area along with the Orange Beach Fire Department. While responding to the call, the vessel sank sending all the passengers into the water.

Swimmers were deployed to assist, but a nearby boat was able to assist.

A fishing vessel named  "Heck Yeah"  altered its course and responded to the call for help. The vessel Heck Yeah arrived on scene prior to emergency responders and was able to recover all six people from the water.

The vessel Heck Yeah transported the victims to the Alabama Marine Patrol facility at Alabama Point in Orange Beach. A local salvage company responded to the scene to recover the vessel.

No major injuries were reported. Sea conditions were four to five feet and rough, according to Marine Patrol.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on May 16, 2015 at 12:45am

At least 750 migrants rescued off Indonesia by local fishermen after boat sinks, police say

Updated 15 May 2015, 20:35 AEST

More than 750 Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants arrived in Indonesia on Friday after they were rescued by local fishermen.

More than 750 Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants have arrived in Indonesia after they were rescued by fishing boats when their boat sank off the coast of Aceh province, police say.

Indonesian police said passengers aboard one vessel carrying 712 people recounted how their boat sank off the east coast of Indonesia after earlier being driven away by Malaysia.

"According to initial information we got from them, they were pushed away by the Malaysian navy to the border of Indonesian waters," said Sunarya, police chief in the city of Langsa where the migrants arrived.

Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand have vowed to turn back stricken boats.

They were killing each other, throwing people overboard. 

Local police chief Sunarya

However, this did not stop local fishermen from going to the rescue of the latest boatload of forlorn, emaciated migrants — including 61 children — to arrive in the country's waters.

Forty-seven people from another vessel were rescued not far down the coast after the hungry passengers leapt into the water pleading with local fishing boats to help them.

Over the past week, nearly 2,500 have drifted onto the shores of Malaysia and Indonesia.

Desperate scenes in the high seas

Officials described harrowing scenes on the packed boat, with the vessel half under water by the time it was found and children swimming around it.

The migrants had been at sea for two months, authorities said.

The people were taken to a warehouse in Langsa looking exhausted with many wearing just shorts and sarongs.

"They were killing each other, throwing people overboard," Mr Sunarya said.

"Because (the boat) was overcapacity, some people had to go and probably they were defending themselves."

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on May 10, 2015 at 6:45pm

*VIDEO RELEASE* Coast Guard saves 5 people after boat sinks 10 miles west of Crystal River, Fla.

May 11, 2015

Headline: *VIDEO RELEASE* Coast Guard saves 5 people after boat sinks 10 miles west of Crystal River, Fla.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Coast Guard rescued five people from the water after their 48-foot boat sank 10 miles west of Crystal River, Florida, Saturday night.

At 9:27 p.m. watchstanders from Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg received a call via VHF-FM radio channel 16 from a man stating his boat was taking on water with a total of five people aboard, all wearing life jackets.

A 27-foot Response Boat-Small from Coast Guard Station Yankeetown, Florida, and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew were launched.

At 10:05 p.m. watchstanders at the sector were notified that the vessel was sinking and all people aboard the boat were going into the water. Watchstanders directed the people to stay with the vessel and launch a handheld red flare when they saw rescue personnel.

At 10:27 p.m. the RB-S boatcrew arrived on scene, observed a single handheld flare, located the people and pulled them out of the water. The people were taken to Pete’s Pier in Crystal River without any reported injuries.

The Jayhawk crew stayed on scene until all the people were recovered safely.

The owner is coordinating salvage plans.

“These people did everything right, in the midst of danger,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Wheatley, an operations specialist at the sector. “They had all the proper safety equipment including a marine radio, life jackets and flares, and they used them properly.”


Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on May 8, 2015 at 4:46am

Wanted to add an additional link which states 30 foot waves sank the yacht.

Girl Dies After Yacht Sinks: 30-Foot Waves In Atlantic Ocean To Blame

Girl yacht sinks dies

A girl died after a yacht sank off the coast of Portugal.

According to ABC News, the 6-year-old French girl was with her family when 30-footwaves overtook their yacht, causing it to sink. While the girl’s mother and her 9-year-old brother were able to take refuge in a lifeboat, the young girl and her father were stranded in the ocean for hours.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on May 8, 2015 at 3:39am

Girl dies of hypothermia after yacht sinks

According to The Guardian newspaper, a six-year-old French girl died from hypothermia on Thursday after a yacht she and her family were on capsized during the night off the mid-Atlantic Azores islands. 

“The little girl spent seven and a half hours in water that was 21 degrees Celsius (70 degrees Fahrenheit) before she and her father were recovered by a Spanish hospital ship," a Portuguese navy spokesman Commander Paulo Vicente told AFP.

The girl’s mother and nine-year-old brother had managed to climb into a liferaft after their vessel capsized, and were rescued during the night. The girl and her father were wearing life jackets which kept them afloat all night. Rescue came the next morning when a Portuguese air force plane spotted them in the water.

The Guardian reported that the family’s boat sank about 550 nautical miles (1,000 kilometres) to the southwest of the Portuguese islands. Weather conditions were very rough and although they were starting to improve on Thursday, some waves were still five metres (16 feet) high.

Eight people sailing on three other boats have been rescued in the area since Wednesday, the Portuguese navy said.

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