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 Yvonne Lawson on January 4, 2015 at 7:48am

Cargo ship carrying 25 people runs aground off the Isle of Wight (UK)

  • The Hoegh Osaka left Southampton at  8.21pm en-route to Bremerhaven and ran aground off the Isle of  Wight
  • A coastguard helicopter and three  RNLI lifeboats helped rescue the crew of the 180-metre car  transporter
  • It is understood one of the 25 crew  may have sustained a broken leg during the  incident
  • The 52,000-tonne vessel was listing  at a 45-degree angle after the accident with tugs waiting for high tide at  10.30am
  • The vessel suffered a mechanical  malfunction and changed course, striking the Bramble Bank at 9.30pm last  night

A  massive car transporter cargo ship has run aground shortly after leaving  Southampton.

The Hoegh Osaka  left port at around 20:21 but ran aground less than an hour later, within sight  of the Isle of Wight.

The 180-metre long  vessel is listing badly to one side following the incident. RNLI lifeboats  attended the scene as well as the coast guard helicopter.

The Singapore  registered vessel was heading to the German port of Bremerhaven at the time of  the incident.

The vessel was  built in 2000 and has a maximum weight of almost 158,000 tonnes.  It is  understood the cargo ship, which has a nine-metre draught, turned sharply to the  left as it passed the notorious Bramble Bank sandbank near Cowes and run  aground.

It is believed the  vessel may have suffered a major failure of its navigation system.  

A spokesman for  the RNLI said: 'Currently four RNLI Lifeboats from Calshot, Cowes and Yarmouth  are in attendance alongside the Solent Coastguard Helicopter, Southampton Patrol  and four tug boats, two from Esso and two from Southampton Docks.

'The ship's crew  are being rescued from the water and from on board the stricken vessel, which is  at a list of 45 degrees.'

According to the  Isle of Wight based Island Echo, a number of the casualties were  rescued from the water, while the Captain and First Officer have remained aboard  to assist with the rescue operation.

It is understood  the 158,000 tonne vessel suffered a mechanical malfunction as it swung off  course, striking the Bramble Bank.

It is hoped the  massive transporter could be refloated at high tide at 10.30am.

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Comment by Yvonne Lawson on January 4, 2015 at 7:29am

Eight crew feared dead after cargo vessel overturns off the Scottish coast as  search and rescue operation is suspended

Eight people were  missing and feared dead last night after a cargo ship overturned in stormy seas  off the Scottish coast.

A major air and  sea rescue operation was launched after the upturned hull of the vessel was  spotted by the crew of a passing ferry.

But last night  hopes of finding survivors were fading as weather conditions deteriorated  dramatically and the search was called off until this morning.

The stricken  vessel is believed to be the Cypriot-registered Cemfjord. It is thought to be  carrying a cargo of cement and had been heading for Runcorn,  Cheshire.

Earlier today,  Bill Farquhar, from RNLI Thurso, told BBC News that the last known position  of the ship had been at 1.15 pm yesterday, adding: 'The weather at that time  yesterday was pretty bad.

He said: 'I don't  know what has happened after that. There was no mayday as such.

'It is very, very  strange, especially with all the weather technology we have  nowadays.'

Mr Farquhar said:  'Whatever happened, it happened very rapidly.'

A spokeswoman for  the RNLI said the lifeboats had been stood down and are returning to their  stations.

It is expected  they will resume the search at first light if requested by the  Coastguard.

None of the crew  have so far been found.

The Cemfjord was  drifting at 5.2 knots, roughly 6 mph, according to readings on  that were recorded yesterday. It left port in Aalborg, Denmark on December  30.

The Pentland Firth  is a channel between the north tip of Scotland and Orkney that is known for  strong tides and requires careful planning to sail, according to Sail North  Scotland.

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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 KM on August 14, 2014 at 11:42pm!bDz1hT

Ferry disabled after being hit by large waves off Scituate

Windows broken by massive waves

 UPDATED 11:40 PM EDT Aug 13, 2014

SCITUATE, Mass. —A ferry en route to Boston from Provincetown was disabled after being hit by a large wave Wednesday, according to the Coast Guard.

Just before 4 p.m., a ferry was midway through its fourth trip of the day, to and from Provincetown and Boston, when the vessel was hit by a large set of waves that broke two of the seven windows in the pilot house, Bay State Cruise Company officials said in a statement.

The two windows that broke were in the center of the pilot house, which is where the captain navigates from.

Officials said windws in the passengers cabin, which is under the pilot house, were not broken and it appeared as though the waves were at an angle and height that they only struck at the pilot house level, which is about 20 feet above the water.

After the large waves hit the ferry, seas returned to the normal wave pattern of about 5 feet, officials said.

When the windows were broken, water took the vessel's control systems offline, officials said.

The captain was eventually able to get the starboard engine up to speed, but could not restart the port engine.

"We can only imagine the amount of concern and alarm that the passengers must have felt when the vessel decelerated so suddenly and then had to wait until the propulsion came back online," officials said in a statement.

No injuries were reported to any of the passengers, but the captain did suffer from cuts to his hand, which he had wrapped.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 4, 2014 at 9:59pm

Bangladesh ferry sinks with up to 200 on board

An overloaded ferry sank in rough conditions in central Bangladesh on Monday with up to 200 passengers on board, in the latest disaster to hit the country's rivers.

Emergency workers said around 100 survivors and two dead bodies had been pulled out of the river, but the rest remain unaccounted for.

"The waves were huge, the ferry was rolling heavily from side to side," said survivor Syed Saadi, whose wife and two sons were still missing.

"The boat flooded with water after a huge wave hit it, and tipped over before sinking under the water," he told Channel 24 television.

The ferry was around 30 kilometres (20 miles) south of the capital Dhaka when it sank on the river Padma in the central district of Munshiganj.

Ferry accidents are common in the impoverished country, with overcrowding and poor ship design and maintenance often to blame.

Local police chief Tofazzal Hossain told AFP the vessel was overloaded with passengers and conditions were rough.

Rescue workers and the navy have been mobilised at the scene and a ship with underwater cameras deployed to try to locate the sunken vessel.

Fire service official Mohammad Dulal told AFP that divers were being deployed to try to locate the sunken ferry and look for survivors. But stormy conditions and large waves were preventing them from going into the water.

The police chief of Madaripur, where the ferry began its journey, said it was carrying between 170 and 200 passengers.

But one survivor, speaking on local television, said there were up to 350 passengers on board.

"There was no storm, but the weather was cloudy and the river was rough," he said.

"Suddenly the ferry was hit by a wave and flooded with water. I got out through a window and the ferry sank quickly.

"I was rescued by a local motor boat, other people were also rescued by boats."

Bangladeshi ferries do not maintain passenger logbooks, and are often overloaded.

Emergency workers at the scene said thousands of onlookers had gathered on the banks of the swollen river Padma.

August is monsoon season in Bangladesh, when rivers run high, and the ship was completely submerged.

Bangladesh, one of Asia's poorest nations, is criss-crossed by more than 230 rivers and boats are the main form of travel, especially in the southern and northeastern regions.

However many of the vessels in use date back to before independence in 1971.

Officials have said more than 95 percent of Bangladesh's hundreds of thousands of small and medium-sized boats do not meet minimum safety regulations.

In May, a passenger ferry thought to be carrying between 150 and 200 people sank in central Bangladesh, killing dozens of people. The exact death toll remains unknown.

Survivors blamed the ship's captain for refusing to take shelter from a gathering storm.

Around 150 people were killed in the same district in March 2012 after an overcrowded ferry carrying about 200 passengers sank when it was hit by an oil barge in the middle of the night.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on April 25, 2014 at 3:46am

Three People Missing After Freighter Sinks off Crete

Apr 24, 2014
Greek rescue teams are searching for three people reported missing after a cargo ship sank off the southern island of Crete.

The Togo flagged, cargo ship, Ag Marina was sank early on Thursday about 30 nautical miles off the western coast of the island of Crete, southern Greece.

As reported seven people, probably of Russian origin were on board. Four crew members were rescued by a nearby cargo ship, while three others are still missing. A total of four cargo ships, a super puma helicopter and a vessel of the Greek coastguard are currently taking part in the rescue operation.

So far, the merchandise of the cargo ship, the place of its departure and its destination are unknown.

Comment by Tracie Crespo on April 16, 2014 at 3:32pm

South Korea Ferry Carrying Hundreds of Students Sinks

Comment by Love is the answer on February 7, 2014 at 4:26am

Brutal Waves Tear Spanish Cargo Ship in Half

Rough seas smashed the Spanish ship against a sea wall on France's Atlantic Coast

Spanish cargo ship accident


Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 10, 2013 at 7:46am

Bulk Carrier Kiani Satu Runs Aground Off South Africa [IMAGES]


Image: NSRI

Image: NSRI

Image: Bianca Bezuidenhout, Wilderness NSRI crew

Image: Bianca Bezuidenhout, Wilderness NSRI crew

Picture Bianca Bezuidenhout, Wilderness NSRI crew

Picture Bianca Bezuidenhout, Wilderness NSRI crew

Image: NSRI

Image: NSRI

South Africa’s National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) has reported that as of 1002 local time, all 19 crew members from the bulk carrier Kiani Satu are safe after being airlifted from their stricken vessel.

The 165-meter bulk carrier was transporting a cargo of rice from Cape Town to Gabon Hong Kong to Ghana when it encountered engine troubles along the southern shore of South Africa. They alerted the NSRI at 0339 this morning of their situation.

Buffels Bay South Africa

Buffels Bay, South Africa


“The crew members, Ukranian and Filipino nationals, are handed into the care of Police Sea Borderline and they will be transported to Mossel Bay for visa control processing and accommodated,” commented Graeme Harding, NSRI Knysna station commander.

“The ship had washed side on to the shore during the early morning and came to rest hard aground after her anchor dragged and the tug boat was not able to hold her off against rough sea swells of 5 meters and strong gusting to 45 knot onshore winds. The decision was taken by the ships Captain to abandon the ship and the safest method was to deploy the helicopter and hoist the crew off the ship while our NSRI rescue boats stood by to assist if necessary.”

The salvage vessel SMIT AMANDLA has been dispatched from Cape Town and is expected to reach the scene the evening of 8 August, notes the NSRI.

A wet cargo of rice could spell the demise of the Kiani Satu however.  As one person has noted, rice absorbs water, and thus a cargo of wet rice could put an order of magnitude more strain on the hull, complicating salvage efforts.

Rice could also be a fairly dangerous cargo from salvage standpoint.  As a friend of mine in the food business explained, wet (saturated) rice is an incredibly good breeding ground for bacteria.  Removing hundreds of thousands of pounds of moldy rice could require an entirely different approach to this salvage job.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 2, 2013 at 9:07am

Cargo Ship Capsized Off Thailand. 11 Crew Members Missing

Posted on Jul 5th, 2013  

Cargo Ship Capsized Off Thailand

Bangladeshi cargo ship MV Hope capsized in heavy seas south of Phuket, Thailand on Thursday morning with 17 crew members onboard, the Royal Thai Navy reported.

Six MV Hope’s crew members were rescued. Five of them were found in a lifeboat and rescued by a German container ship Buxmoon. The Royal Thai Navy managed to recue one injured sailor by a helicopter and transferred him to Phuket Hospital for recovery.

The Navy told local news portals that the search is ongoing for other 11 sailors that have gone missing.

The ship was sailing from Lumut port in Malaysia to Chittagong port, Bangladesh when it capsized due to high waves reaching up to four meters.

The MV Hope’s certificate showed that the vessel had been overloaded by 1,000 metric tonnes of cargo more than its capacity, which might have caused the accident, according to the information provided to Chittagong Port Authority by the owners, BD News 24 reports.

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