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 January 31, 2012 at 2:25pm

Freak wave causes fishing boat to capsize as crew attempts harbour entrance

Five fishermen were plucked to safety yesterday from the hull of their boat after it was capsized by a large wave off the Westcountry coast.

The Girl Rona was returning to her home port of Teignmouth when she was swamped close to the harbour entrance.

Despite the impact, which rolled the vessel on to a well-known shingle bar, the crew were able to scramble clear and cling on to the hull of the 15-metre (49ft) vessel.

Brixham coastguards received numerous 999 calls from members of the public who saw the accident unfold.

The RNLI lifeboat from Teignmouth was alerted just after 1.30pm and was quickly at the scene, some 500 yards away.

Tony Watson, spokesman for the lifeboat station, said: "She was coming down the main channel in to the harbour and was hit by a big wave and overturned.

"She didn't sink but is resting on her side.

"They managed to climb up on top of the boat but still got a bit of a soaking.

"There was a fair sea running and it was not a simple job. Some debris is being washed off the boat and is being swept ashore – there is a whiff of diesel in the air."

The boat's crew were rushed back to the harbour where they were checked over by paramedics. Nobody was injured in the incident.

Jim Portus, chief executive of the South West Fish Producer's Organisation, said Teignmouth could be a difficult port to navigate.

"I have lived in and around Newton Abbot for 30 years and I have known a number of mariners from Teignmouth over the years," he said. "It is a tricky approach.

"A number of merchant ships have gone aground there while coming in and out of Teignmouth.

"I am certain that this was just one of those things because the shingle bank there moves, particularly in the winter months, and you don't always know the exact position of it.

"Obviously you have to keep your wits about you and hope that there hasn't been a major shift in the last 24 hours."

He added: "From a mariner's point of view the entrance and exit from any harbour is always the most tricky of operations.

"Teignmouth is not the worst entrance in the Westcountry and it is certainly not the easiest.

"We're very grateful for all concerned that there was no loss of life and hope that she's salvaged quickly and put back into service quickly."

As darkness fell last night, and the tide rose, a salvage operation was under way to free the vessel.

Teignmouth harbourmaster Captain David Platt said: "The lifeboat has gone out with the skipper and some of the crew to see if we can get the fish hold open to lighten her load.

"Having done that, we'll see if we can get a line on her and hopefully pull her upright."

Teignmouth coastguard rescue team was coordinating efforts ashore and helping to collect any debris.

Comment by bill on January 21, 2012 at 10:03pm

Passenger boat sinks off Iran, 15 missing: report

TEHRAN (Reuters) - A passenger ship carrying 22 people sank off the Iranian coast near the port of Bandar Abbas Saturday, the official IRNA news agency reported.

The report did not give the cause of the incident but said so far only seven people had been rescued.

Local ports official, Ali Akbar Safaie, said the boat was travelling from the Island of Hormuz to Bandar Abbas. Rescue efforts were continuing, he said.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 21, 2012 at 5:31am

Bridge Inspection Boat Capsizes in North Chelmsford

The boat was in the Merrimack River headed to Tyngsborough to do a bridge inspection.

For passers-by in North Chelmsford this morning, the scene on the Merrimack looked slightly similar the scene of the fatal cruise ship accident in Italy after a boat contracted by the state to perform a bridge inspection bridge capsized.

Officials got the call about the Harcon Corp.  boat early Thursday morning as it was drifting to the waters near the North Chelmsford railroad tracks. The boat was headed out to inspect a Tyngsborough bridge.

Chelmsford Fire Department responded to the incident, which reportedly happened when the company backed the boat onto a boat ramp and a holding chain snapped. The boat floated into the water, flipped, and made its way to the waters near Brickhouse Pizza.

During bridge inspections, the boat allows inspectors to be lifted up closer to the bridge to examine its structure and determine if it is safe.

Nobody was hurt.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 19, 2012 at 3:46pm
Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 18, 2012 at 2:37pm

Divers rescued by water policeNine divers have been rescued off the coast of Sydney after their boat was capsized by a freak wave as they returned to shore. Face transplant dad smiles for first timeA US fire victim who was among the first in the world ...

Boat accident at Broken Bay


Capsized ... Ambulance officers set up to treat injured people from a boating accident off Palm Beach Picture: John Grainger

EIGHT people have been thrown into the water after a dive boat capsized north of Sydney today.

Police said some of those in the water, more than a mile offshore, have been injured.

“Two police water vessels are on the way. We will not know how badly they  are hurt till we get them on the rescue boats,’’ a police spokesman said.

The accident happened just before 2pm (AEDT) at Box Head at the entrance to Broken Bay, just north of Palm Beach.

The area is full of shallow sandbanks and is noted for its shark population.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 18, 2012 at 2:24am
Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 16, 2012 at 7:44am

posted by Gerard......Tanker sinks in Albania

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 15, 2012 at 7:15pm

South Korean oil ship explodes; North not suspected

A South Korean Coast Guard boat cruises near the broken cargo ship Doola No. 3 after an explosion off the western port city of Incheon.

REPORTING FROM SEOUL -– An explosion on a fuel tanker off South Korea’s west coast Sunday killed five crewmen and left six missing, though authorities here do not suspect North Korean involvement.

Photographs showed that the blast aboard the 4,191-ton vessel Doola No. 3 broke the ship in half. The explosion took place several miles off the coast of Incheon, South Korean coast guard officials said. Five crew members aboard the ship were rescued.

Ship owners said Sunday that the explosion took place while gas was being drained from the oil tank. "The vessel usually transports diesel, but this time it carried gasoline. We are now examining whether it had any relation to the explosion," a company official told Seoul’s Yonhap news service.

Before leaving port in Incheon, the ship had unloaded 6,500 tons of gasoline.

The coast guard said it was searching for the missing crewmembers. Officials said that 11 South Korean and five Myanmar crewmen were aboard the ship.

The incident occurred far from the tense sea border with North Korea, where the communist regime is accused of torpedoing a South Korean warship in 2010, killing 46 crewmen.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 15, 2012 at 7:10pm

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 15, 2012 at 5:39am

Will add this to the 1/21 Q&A info but posting early here ...

The wobble induced North Sea storms are due to the pumping action of the wobble,
where the N Pole leans to the left for sunrise in Europe and then to the right for sunset in Europe. Thus the largest wave in to hit the Irish shores was registered at 2:00 pm.
But Europe also participate when the most violent push of the wobble occurs, when the Sun is high over the Pacific and Europe is in the dead of night. The globe is pushed violently north as the magnetic N Pole of Earth comes up over the horizon and is pushed away by Planet X. When this happens the globe is pushed SOUTHWARD on the opposite side of the globe, as the globe rolls as one.

What does this do to the rocky shores of Italy and any hapless ships moored or traveling just off the coast? The land is pushed UNDER the water, and the ship suddenly finds itself on rocks it though safely at a distance. Though obvious to the populace watching in amazement where the Sun is found these days, the Earth wobble is not something allowed into print. Thus the ship’s captain, desperate to explain what occurred, is at a loss and casting about to blame navigation equipment failure.  

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