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 4, 2019 at 6:42am

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

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.

and another:

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

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 30, 2018 at 7:58pm

13 dead after Lake Victoria cruise boat capsizes with UK educated Ugandan prince on board

A rescue operation is underway after a cruise boat sank while carrying 120 people to a party on Lake Victoria.

According to local media, among the A-list Ugandan celebrities on board were Prince David Wasajja who is brother of King Muwenda Mutebi II of Buganda – a kingdom in Uganda.

Father of one Prince David, 52, previously lived in the UK while he studying at the University of Nottingham

It is understood Prince David was among those rescued along with singer Iryn Namubiru, whose manager has said she us safe. Rapper The Mith was another passenger on the cruise.

The death toll could rise to more than 50 as police said 39 people are unaccounted for.

About 70 people have been rescued so far, but 13 people have been found dead with Uganda’s Police Force Marine Unit still searching for survivors.

Lake Victoria is the world’s second largest lake, bordering Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya.

Just two months ago 80 people died in the lake when a ferry overturned. This follows another disaster in 2010 when 10 people died when their boat capsized while carrying passengers and fish from an island.

Comment by KM on October 31, 2018 at 1:52pm

Going, going, GONE! Huge crane crashes to the ground and EXPLODES after out-of-control ferry smashes into it in Barcelona

  • The Italian owned vessel brought the crane down into fuel tanks below 
  • Firefighters evacuated the area as the huge blaze engulfed the dock  
  • Nobody was said to have been injured but two were treated for panic attacks  
  • The vessel was blown off course by high winds while carrying lorries and trailers 

Footage shows a huge crane crashing to the ground at Barcelona Port after being hit by an out-of-control ferry.

The vessel called Excellent operated by Italian firm Grandi Navi Veloci which was carrying lorries and trailers, hit the the crane at speed after being pushed off course by high winds.

The collision caused a blaze which led to firefighters evacuating the area.

There were no reports of any injuries, although two people are said to have been treated by medics after suffering a panic attack.

The choppy waters are visible as the out-of-control hulk is sped into the crane by high winds

The choppy waters are visible as the out-of-control hulk is sped into the crane by high winds

The fire is thought to have ignited after the crane smashed into fuel deposits beneath it on the dock

The fire is thought to have ignited after the crane smashed into fuel deposits beneath it on the dock

A local port workers' union tweeted: 'The ship Excellent, operated by GNV Traghetti, has had to abort its docking manouevre because of the bad weather conditions.

'As it was trying to leave the port the wind has pushed it against a crane which has fallen to the ground.'

The fire is thought to have started after the crane hit a fuel deposit behind it as it crashed to the ground.

It affected several containers by the port-side, forcing local authorities to activate an emergency response plan because two of the containers contained dangerous chemicals.

Black smoke rising from the scene of the collision, which happened just after 8am this morning could be seen across Barcelona.

Black smoke billowing from the fire cause by the crane's collapse could be seen across the horizon in Bareclona

Black smoke billowing from the fire cause by the crane's collapse could be seen across the horizon in Bareclona

In January a huge ferry hit a cruise liner in the same port after apparent engine failure.

The collision between the roll-on roll-off Fantastic ferry belonging to the Italian shipping company Grandi Navi Veloci and the Viking Star cruise ship sparked initial fears a major rescue operation would have to be launched.

Fortunately no-one was injured in the incident on January 13.

Footage of the collision taken by a dock worker showed the Fantastic ferry's stern rammed against the side of the Viking Star as both vessels blasted their sirens.

The Italian ferry had reportedly lost engine power while docking in the port's B Terminal, from Tangier in Morocco.

The Fantastic ferry is said to have dropped an anchor to try to stop its drift without success before it hit the left side of the 750-foot-long Viking Star, which is operated by Norwegian-owned Viking Ocean Cruises and had docked in Barcelona from Valencia with 820 passengers on board ahead of a stop in Marseilles.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 21, 2018 at 8:34am

Lake Victoria ferry crash: More than 200 feared dead after boat capsizes in Tanzania

Vessel reportedly had capacity of 100 passengers

More than 200 people are feared to have drowned in Tanzania after a ferry capsized on Lake Victoria.

The MV Nyerere ferry sank on Thursday afternoon near Ukara Island, local officials said.

The ferry, which is reported to have a capacity of 100 passengers, was travelling between Bugorara and the Ukala islands, close to Mwanza, Tanzania’s second largest city.

The vessel is understood to have capsized when it was close to docking.

The Tanzania Electrical, Mechanical and Electronics Services Agency (TEMESA) confirmed the incident in a statement and said rescue efforts were underway.

However they were unable to confirm passenger numbers

Tanzanian newspaper The Citizen reported that 20 people were rescued by fishermen immediately after the accident.

"We pray to God to give us hope in such an accident," Regional Commissioner Adam Malima said, the BBC reports.

"We pray to God to give us hope that there has not been a high death toll."

Ukerewe District Commissioner Colonel Lucas Magembe told Reuters reporters 42 people had already been confirmed dead and that the rescue mission had been halted until dawn on Friday.

The cause of the incident is not yet clear, but accidents are not uncommon on Lake Victoria with overloading and overcrowding frequently found to be the cause

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 17, 2018 at 6:13am

Four drown in Solomons after boat sinks

7:16 pm on 16 August 2018
Four people are dead in Solomon Islands after a boat they were travelling on sank in rough seas.

Provincial Police Commander Central Province, Superintendent Patricia Leta said the loading capacity was for six passengers but a total of 16 boarded the boat.

She said least 12 people were confirmed to have survived the tragedy and there were children among the survivors

The police said the boat had been travelling from Toa to Burungia village in Central Province yesterday.

Superintendent Leta said a police inquiry will be held and police at Tulagi will work closely with relatives of the deceased and the survivors.

Two weeks ago a Central Province banana boat, with nine people on board, went missing, sparking a major search.

The people were found five days later washed up on Isabel - their destination had been Honiara.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 15, 2018 at 11:48pm

Six people rescued as their boat sinks near Kuwaiti shores

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Marine firefighters rescued six people who were on board a wooden boat before it capsized close to the Port of Doha on Monday. None of the crew members sustained any injuries, Kuwait Fire Service Directorate said in a statement.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 15, 2018 at 11:39pm

Tug carrying up to 22,000 litres of fuel capsizes in Fraser River off Vancouver

There were four people aboard the vessel and all were rescued by the crew on a nearby tug

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 6, 2018 at 7:19pm

Tourist boat sinks off Palawan; crewmen, passengers safely rescued

Published August 6, 2018 10:13pm

Crewmen and guests were safely rescued from a tourist boat which sank in the waters off Helicopter Island in El Nido, Palawan on Monday.

According to the Philippine military, the Western Command Naval Ship BRP Nestor Reinoso (PC 380) responded to the emergency at noon after receiving a call from Captain Lakanni Hidalgo, security officer of Ayala Resort.

When PC 380 reached the area, a speedboat from the Miniloc resort was in the process of rescuing those aboard the sinking M/B Cleopatra.

The tourist boat M/B Cleopatra sailed from El Nido for a private island tour. Aboard were 10 Filipino guests, a tour guide, and three crewmen, including the vessel's captain Hayrone Sulayman.

As they sailed towards a small lagoon in Miniloc Island, heavy seas badly damaged the Cleopatra's bow.

Sulayman positioned the guests on his boat's fantail in an attempt to keep for the boat level, but the vessel continued to sink due to sea conditions.

Other tourist boats managed to come to the assistance of the Cleopatra and transferred the tourists off the sinking vessel.

The Cleopatra's crew, however, remained aboard even as the boat began to quickly drift towards the Dimumacad and Calaragnan Islands.

Eventually, all the guests and crewmen were rescued and all were back safe in El Nido by 1 p.m.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 4, 2018 at 6:04am

Fishing boat capsizes off Java, all 13 aboard missing

JAKARTA, Indonesia — A fishing boat capsized Friday in bad weather off Indonesia’s main island of Java, leaving 13 people missing, a rescue official said.

The boat, Bunga Hati 2, left port from the town of Karangsong in West Java and capsized in the Java Sea about 20 miles (32 kilometers) from Biawak Island off the northern coast of Java.

A spokesman for the local search and rescue agency, Joshua Banjarnahor, said rescuers found the capsized ship and its net but none of the crewmen.

He said the boat left port during strong winds and high waves.

Eight ships and nearly 100 people were searching for the missing crew, Banjarnahor said. The search was hampered by strong winds and huge waves.

A cargo ship reportedly sailed through the area of the sinking and officials were trying to contact it, hoping it had rescued the crewmen, Banjarnahor said.

Sea accidents are common in Indonesia, an archipelago of more than 17,000 islands, with weak enforcement of safety regulations often to blame.

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