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 September 30, 2019 at 9:57pm

35 rescued, search operations underway as boat capsizes in Bengal river

According to police, the mishap took place at Mahishadal in the morning.

30th September 2019 04:50 PM

KOLKATA: A mechanised boat ferrying 35 to 36 odd passengers capsized in Rupnarayan river in East Midnapore district on Monday. Thirty-five passengers were rescued and searches are on to find out whether any other passenger was swept away. 

According to the police, the mishap took place at Mahishadal in the morning. "The country-boat left the jetty and hit a sand-head in the tidal river. Suddenly a high tide impounded downstream flowing freshwater, reversing the flow and increasing the water level of the river. The boat was hit and it capsized,’’ said a police officer.

The police said the boat was ferrying passengers beyond its capacity. "No safety measure was available in the boat as well. Our teams are carrying out search operations to find out the passengers, including women, who fell into the river," said another police officer.

As the news of the boat capsize spread, policemen from adjoining Howrah district’s Shyampur police station, on the other side of the road, engaged their teams to take part in the search operations. "It seems the missing passengers were swept away by the high tide," said an officer of Shyampur police station.

"We are taking help from coast guard personnel. A hovercraft has been engaged to carry out search operation. Those who were rescued were said to be in stable condition by the authorities of the local healthcare units where they were taken," said V Soloman Nesakumar, superintendent of police, East Midnapore district.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 29, 2019 at 4:14pm

Tug Boat Sinks In Atlantic, 2 Ukrainians Rescued, 11 Crewmen Still Missing

September 28, 2019 23:12 GMT

Two Ukrainian crewmen have been rescued aboard a lifeboat after a tug boat they were on disappeared on September 26 in a storm 1,200 nautical miles off the island of Martinique in the Atlantic Ocean.

The vessel’s operator, the French-based shipping company Bourbon, said in a news release on September 28 that three of the vessel’s 14 crew members had been rescued.

Two of them were Ukrainians, tweeted Vasyl Kyrylych, director of the consular services department at the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry.

There was no word on the 11 still missing while Ukrainian media have reported that most of the crew members are Ukrainians.

Bourbon also confirmed that the tug boat had sunk. It was reported to have been taking on water in the rear end of the vessel.

A coordinated search and rescue operation is underway involving the French Navy, France’s network of Regional Operational Centers of Surveillance and Rescue (CROSS), the U.S. National Hurricane Center, and nearby commercial vessels who changed their routes to assist.

An emergency beacon indicated that the tug boat hit the outer edge of Hurricane Lorenzo 60 nautical miles from the storm’s eye when communication was lost, the vessel’s operator said.

A Falcon 50 aircraft flown by the French Navy spotted the three crewmen during a flyover.

They were subsequently taken to a commercial vessel where they received medical assistance and are currently under observation.

Bourbon, a service provider for the offshore oil and gas industry, is coordinating search efforts out of the French port city of Marseilles.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 25, 2019 at 7:24pm

Seven Children Among 10 Killed in Bangladesh Boat Capsize

The engine-run boat, carrying 30 passengers, capsized around 7 pm on Tuesday in Kaliakotha Haor of the district's Derai upazila due to strong winds.

Updated:September 25, 2019, 5:04 PM IST

Dhaka: At least 10 people, including seven children, were killed when their boat capsized in Bangladesh's Sunamganj district, police said on Wednesday.

The engine-run boat, carrying 30 passengers, capsized around 7 pm on Tuesday in Kaliakotha Haor of the district's Derai upazila due to strong winds, Derai police station Officer-in-Charge KM Nazrul Islam was quoted as saying by the Dhaka Tribune.

Seven children are among the dead after the boat bound for Perua village from Masimpur capsized, police said, adding that some of the passengers were rescued while others swam ashore when strong winds tipped the boat over.
Comment by jorge namour on September 8, 2019 at 5:58pm

Cargo Ship Overturns, Burns Off Georgia; Four Crew Members Missing


Last week, a dive boat with 39 people on board caught fire and sank near Santa Cruz Island, off the California coast.

The US Coast Guard reported on Sunday that four people are still missing, with a further 20 rescued after a large cargo ship overturned off the coast of Georgia. The Coast Guard said that there were 23 crew members and one pilot on board at the time of the incident.

According to the Coast Guard, the ship was carrying vehicles and was leaving the port of Brunswick, Georgia when it turned onto its side. Following the incident, traffic in the port was suspended.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 27, 2019 at 8:01am

Cross River: Cameroon bound vessel  capsize with over 100 persons on board

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 26, 2019 at 7:19am

2 men drown in Lake Michigan over weekend; 14 rescued after boat capsizes

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Dangerous conditions are expected to continue on Lake Michigan Monday, after the water's rough waves were responsible for at least two drownings this weekend.
A beach hazard alert remains in place through Monday due to rains and strong winds that will whip up waves up to 6 feet high.
Emergency crews raced to 63rd Street beach Sunday after reports of two men in Lake Michigan who were thrown from their jet skies. The incident occurred while a swim ban issued by the city's Park District was underway for 25 Chicago-area beaches.

Luckily, Natalia Lopez, 9, spotted the men struggling in the choppy water and called for help.
"I saw two men, two men struggling to get out of the water. The waves were high," Lopez said.
But earlier this weekend, a man in Waukegan was thrown from a jet ski and pulled out of Lake Michigan in critical condition. He was later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
No one else was hurt. The victim's name has not been released.
On Sunday morning, two men, ages 26 and 35, were pulled out of Lake Michigan by the Chicago Police Department's Marine Unit shortly after they jumped into the water in Lincoln Park on the North Side. The 26-year-old was rescued in critical condition and later died at a hospital.
The 35-year-old refused treatment.
"We've been on a record pace this whole summer," said water safety expert Dave Benjamin, who tracks drownings in the Great Lakes. "When we're comparing Lake Michigan on this date in 2018, we had 27. Today, we have 35."
High water levels this summer have made an already dangerous Lake Michigan even more so. Last Thursday, 35-year-old Rene Padilla drowned while trying to save his daughter who was knocked into the water by a large wave after venturing out onto a breakwall at 31st Street Beach.

"I told him yes, take a vacation because the girls are going back to school and he wanted to spend one day with them," said Bob Spagnolo, Padilla's boss. "It's not right."

Chicago Fire Department officials said unfortunately 40-60% of all drowning victims are "would be" rescuers. Drowning is one of the leading causes of accidental death in the United States.

A boat also capsized in Lake Michigan Sunday, the Waukegan Fire Department said.

Fire officials and Coast Guard crews rescued 14 people, including children, who are all in good condition.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 6, 2019 at 6:04am

Three ferry boats capsize in Philippines, killing 31

Updated: Aug 05, 2019, 11:04 IST | Agencies

Coast guard spokesman Armand Balilo said the dead were mostly passengers of two ferries that flipped over in sudden wind gusts and powerful waves Saturday off Guimaras and Iloilo provinces

The dead were mostly passengers of two ferries that flipped over in sudden wind gusts and powerful waves.

Manila: Rescuers recovered more bodies in rough seas where three ferry boats capsized after being buffeted by fierce winds and waves off two central Philippine provinces, bringing the death toll to 31 with three missing, the coast guard said Sunday.

Coast guard spokesman Armand Balilo said the dead were mostly passengers of two ferries that flipped over in sudden wind gusts and powerful waves Saturday off Guimaras and Iloilo provinces. Sixty-two other passengers and crew were rescued. A third ferry, which was not carrying any passengers, also capsized in the Iloilo Strait but its five crewmen survived, Balilo said. Survivors recounted how the sky suddenly turned dark midway through their trip, followed by strong wind and rain that battered their ferries. Authorities wondered why a third ferry was allowed to sail about three hours after two other ferries overturned almost at the same time at noon in bad weather.

About 20 typhoons and storms batter the Philippines each year, making the archipelago that lies on the Pacific typhoon and earthquake belt one of the world's most disaster-prone countries.

No. of typhoons and storms in Philippines each year


Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 22, 2019 at 7:50am

Multiple people rescued from Lake Michigan after boat capsized

No one was injured in the incident.

NEW BUFFALO, Mich. - Four to six people had to be rescued from Lake Michigan after their boat capsized due to large waves.

The Berrien County Marine Unit, New Buffalo City Marine Patrol and U.S. Coast Guard responded to the incident around 5:30 p.m. Saturday. According to the owner of the boat, the 17-foot vessel took a large wave head-on and caused the vessel to capsize.

The New Buffalo Marine Patrol Unit arrived on scene first and rescued people out of the water and onto their boat, as well as private vessels that assisted with the rescue.

No one was injured in the incident, but the 17-foot boat was beached on shore for the night and removed Sunday morning when the waters calmed.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 9, 2019 at 9:57pm

One dead, five saved after fishing boat capsizes off south coast
Posted : 2019-07-09 10:34

One fisherman died after a fishing boat with six people aboard capsized off the south coast of South Korea on Tuesday, maritime police said.

The 8.55-ton Minseong-ho capsized in waters 22 kilometers southeast of Maemul Island in Tongyeong, South Gyeongsang Province, around 3:42 a.m. The 24-year-old Sri Lankan fisherman was found dead inside the boat, while the remaining five fishermen were rescued.
After hearing a radio call from the Tongyeong Fishery Communications Bureau that the boat had overturned, the Coast Guard sent 26 patrol boats, four airplanes, a Navy vessel and three other fishing boats to the scene to save the crew members.
At the time of the accident, the boat was sailing in high waves of 2-2.5 meters. The Coast Guard said the boat overturned while using a sonar fish detector, adding it is looking into what caused the boat to capsize.

and another:

Four Indian Fishing Boats capsize in Bangladesh waters; 25 fishermen from Bengal missing

Of these 61 fishermen, 36 were rescued by the IFB in the vicinity

At least 25 Indian fishermen are missing as four fishing trawlers capsized in Bangladesh waters, the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) said on Monday.

On Sunday, four Indian fishing boats from West Bengal - Dashabhuja, Babaji, Joyjogiraj and Nayan from Bengal with 61 crew members and fishermen on board capsized in Bangladesh waters.

Of these 61 fishermen, 36 were rescued by the IFB in the vicinity. However, as many as 25 crew members still remain missing.

The Indian Coast Guard received a telephonic message from Assistant Director (Fisheries Department), Diamond Harbour regarding the four fishing boats capsizing. Immediately, the Indian Coast Guard deployed a Hovercraft, fast patrol vessel and ICG aircrafts in the Indian waters.

On the other hand, the Indian Coast Guard requested Bangladesh Coast Guard to assist in rescue operations in Bangladesh waters.

A day ago, in a joint operation by Indian Coast Guard and Bangladesh Coast Guard an Indian Fishing Boat (IFB) with 13 crew members onboard were rescued despite the rough sea conditions.

and another:

Cruise passengers get a white-knuckle ride as massive breakers batter and threaten to capsize their sailing boat off Hawaii

  • A boat carrying passengers after a sunset cruise almost capsized in in Honolulu 
  • The strength of the wave redirects the boat's orientation and almost capsizes it
  • The captain, with the help of the passengers at the wheel, keep the boat upright

Passengers of a boat had the shock of their lives as their boat battled through rough conditions, almost capsizing. 

The footage, taken in Honolulu, Hawaii, shows the charter chip being carried by a big wave while making its way back to dock after a sunset cruise. 

A witness who saw the scene unfold said: '[The captain] was coming into the channel to dock the boat, right when the biggest set of the day came.'

The strength of the wave knocks it off its course to land and almost capsizing it.

'Bro that boat's gonna go. Oh my god look at that,' the onlooker says before adding: 'They're in trouble bro.' 

Luckily the captain and the passengers, who surround him at the wheel, are able to keep the boat upright together. 

At that moment the camera pans to a nearby group of surfers making the most of the waves. 

The other boat passengers can be seen holding on to the mast and boom, trying their best to stay on the vessel. 

The captain and passengers at the wheel manage to keep the afloat as the wave crashes ahead of them.

Just as another wave is about to break, the boat is reoriented back toward the shore. 

The wave does not appear as big as the one before it, but the captain uses its momentum to get the boat back to the dock quicker.

The onlooker, now relieved, can be heard says: 'Oh my god boat, they're gonna be ok. Yeah captain, good job, killed it.' 

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on June 27, 2019 at 12:34am

Cargo vessel capsizes off San Fernando, Cebu

Sunstar 25 June 2019

CEBU (Updated) -- A cargo vessel capsized off San Fernando, Cebu Tuesday afternoon, June 25, 2019.

The cargo vessel, M/V Eva Mary Grace, was carrying at least 12 crew members when it sank off the SEDC Port in Barangay South Poblacion, San Fernando around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, said the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG)-Central Visayas.

The PCG said the crew members were loading cement bags into the ship when a swell hit the vessel, causing it to list and then capsize.

One of the crew members, identified as Manuel Incarnacion, a crane operator, was injured as he was left inside the vessel when it sank.

Incarnacion was later rescued and rushed to a hospital for treatment.

The 11 other crew members are safe, said the PCG.

The PCG-Central Visayas had sent its Quick Response Team to the area.

The Quick Response team is composed of Coast Guard Special Operations Unit, medical team and marine environmental Protection unit.

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