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 July 25, 2018 at 6:31pm

13 people rescued from sinking boat off Newport Beach

Jul 24, 2018 | 11:45 AM

Thirteen people were rescued Sunday when a 30-foot fishing boat began to sink off the coast of Newport Beach.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department Harbor Patrol responded at about 2:20 p.m. after a boat owner reported that his vessel, Bonnie Mac, was smoking and taking on water about a half-mile south of the Newport Harbor entrance, according to a Sheriff’s Department news release.

The 51-year-old Irvine resident and his 18-year-old son, who had invited friends for a cruise on the ocean, couldn’t figure out what was wrong with the boat. So they decided to head back toward the harbor and call for help, authorities said. Their names were not released.

Harbor Patrol crews and Newport Beach lifeguards arrived and evacuated the occupants from the sinking vessel.

“Tying a rescue boat to the vessel, the crew used three pumps in an attempt to dispel water more quickly than the damaged fishing boat was taking it on, but the flooding outpaced the power of the pumps,” the Sheriff’s Department said in a statement.

The weight of the sinking boat started to tip the Harbor Patrol vessel, so the crew cut the fishing boat free. It sank in less than a minute at about 2:45 p.m., according to the Sheriff’s Department.

Harbor Patrol helped pull the sunken Bonnie Mac from the ocean Monday night. The origin of the problem with the boat was unclear.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 25, 2018 at 7:50am

Greece fires: Ten tourists drown when boat capsizes in tragic rescue

TEN tourists drowned as a boat trying to rescue them from the inferno engulfing the forest capsized, raising the number of victims to at least 74.

PUBLISHED: 22:53, Tue, Jul 24, 2018

Desperate holidaymakers and residents were forced into the water by a wildfire that “struck like a flamethrower” in the Greek town of Mati.

But some of those who survived the blaze found their death in the sea.

Among them, a mother and son from Poland died when the vessel flipped in the rough seas.

The boat had picked up guests from a hotel in Mati which they escaped as fires tore through the resort. Continues......................

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 24, 2018 at 12:11am

Passenger boat with 67 aboard sinks off Batangas

Published July 20, 2018, 7:02 PM

CALATAGAN, Batangas — A ferryboat with 57 passengers and a crew of 10 sank in waters off this town due to strong waves Friday afternoon, police said.

(photo from Pixabay)

(photo from Pixabay)

An initial report from Batangas Police Provincial Office (PPO) said “M/V Lucky Benjamin” sank at 2:05 p.m. while approaching the boundary of Calatagan and Occidental Mindoro.

The PPO said all passengers and crew survived the accident.

It was learned that M/V Lucky Benjamin was headed for Looc, Occidental Mindoro.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 23, 2018 at 11:55pm

Eleven people rescued from Indian River after boat capsizes near Brewer Bridge, Titusville fire officials say

Eleven people were rescued Sunday from the Indian River after a boat they were riding in capsized near the north side of Max Brewer Bridge, according to the Titusville Fire Department.

Fire officials launched a boat rescue operation with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and brought back nine adults and two children to the marina around 3:30 p.m., the fire department said on Twitter.

“There is no report of any medical need at this time, the department said. One person was evaluated at the scene but refused transport to a hospital.

Videos posted on the department’s Twitter page showed officials driving rescue boats from an island to the shore.

and another:

Coast Guard rescues two men after boat capsizes off the North Carolina coast

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 20, 2018 at 5:47am

Eight confirmed dead as boat capsizes on Table Rock Lake near Branson, authorities say

NEAR BRANSON, Mo. • Eight people are dead and an unknown number of others are missing after a tourist boat capsized on Table Rock Lake on Thursday night, the Stone County sheriff said.

Sheriff Doug Rader said that seven people were taken by ambulance from the scene where the Duck Boat sank.

"It capsized and sank," said of the tourist boat. 

He added that the disaster had apparently been caused by a powerful storm that moved through.

Rader said a deputy from his department had been on the boat went it went under. He credited the deputy with rescuing some of those onboard.

He also said that the rescue and recovery would be continuing overnight.

People who had relatives on the boat were urged to go to Branson City Hall to await reports.

Officials with the Southern Stone County Fire Protection District confirmed that several injured people were taken to hospitals and the coroner has been called out for people who have died.

The accident reportedly happened after a severe line of thunderstorms rolled through the area. Officials noted there was "storm debris" around the area.

The Southern Stone County Fire Protection District spokesman Eric Nielsen said the boat, which he described as a "tourist-type vessel," is under the water and cannot be seen from the surface.

The Southern Stone County Fire Protection District said at about 8:20 p.m. that crews from several agencies and divers were on scene and that several people had been taken to a hospital.

The fire district said the Branson Belle showboat is being used in the rescue but was not involved.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 18, 2018 at 4:31pm

Nineteen dead as boat sinks off Cyprus

Rescuers are still searching for 25 people after 19 migrants died when a boat sank off the coast of northern Cyprus.

ReutersJuly 18, 201811:55pm

Nineteen people died when a boat carrying 150 migrants sank off the coast of northern Cyprus and rescuers were searching for 25 other people, according to Turkey's coast guard.

It said 103 migrants were rescued by boats and helicopters of the Turkish and northern Cypriot coast guards, helped by commercial boats in the area, from the sunken boat some 30km off the north Cyprus coast.

One rescued person was in critical condition and has been brought to northern Cyprus by helicopter, the coast guard said. It did not say where the other rescued passengers had been taken.

A Panama-flagged commercial ship spotted the migrant boat some 25 nautical miles from Turkey's southern province of Antalya and alerted the coast guard on Wednesday morning, the statement said.

In 2015, Turkey became one of the main launch points for more than a million migrants taking the dangerous sea route to the European Union, many fleeing conflict and poverty in the Middle East and Africa.

A 2016 deal between Turkey and the European Union sharply reduced the flow of refugees into the bloc, after thousands died crossing from Turkey to Greek islands a few miles offshore.

From January to May this year at least 26 migrants died trying to cross to Europe from Turkey, according to coast guard statistics.

Mediterranean arrivals to the bloc, including refugees making the longer and more perilous crossing from north Africa to Italy, stood at 172,301 in 2017, down from 362,753 in 2016 and 1,015,078 in 2015, according to data from the United Nations.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 6, 2018 at 4:49am

Forty-nine missing in Thailand after tourist boat capsizes off Phuket

Officials had earlier issued a warning of severe weather in the area, including heavy rain and strong winds.

20:00, UK, Thursday 05 July 2018

Image: Phuket in southern Thailand is a hot spot for tourists

Forty-nine people are missing after a tourist boat capsized off the popular island resort of Phuket in Thailand, according to officials.

Having earlier reported that at least seven people were missing after the vessel overturned in the Andaman Sea, the governor of the island has now upgraded the total.

The boat was carrying 97 passengers.

Governor Norraphat Plodthong revealed that only 48 people - all from a group of Chinese tourists - had been rescued so far, with all the others unaccounted for.

He earlier said that 90 people had been rescued from the boat, which was returning to Phuket from the island of Koh Racha when it came up against rough waves in the early evening.

Local police commander Teerapol Tipcharoen said the recovery operation would resume on Friday morning, and a relief operation centre has been set up at Chalong Bay.

In a separate incident in the same area at around the same time, another boat carrying 39 people - reportedly Chinese and European tourists - also capsized.

and another link:

Dozens of Chinese tourists missing in boat capsize off Thailand's Phuket

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 5, 2018 at 4:33am

At least 12 dead as sinking ferry run aground off Sulawesi

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 2, 2018 at 9:25pm

One Dead, 18 Others Missing As Boat Capsize

July 2 2018

Boat Conveying 44 Illegal Immigrant Capsizes, Leaving One Dead, 18 Missing

A woman has been confirmed dead, while 18 persons  have been declared missing following a boat which capsized while conveying dozens of Indonesian illegal migrants in the South China Sea off the Malaysian coast on Sunday.

Senior coast guard official, Sanifah Yusof confirmed that the boat with 44 people on board capsized Sunday night off the southern state of Johor as it headed for Malaysia from the Indonesian island of Batam.

He also said a woman was found drowned while another 25 people were rescued by the authorities.

“There are 18 people left (missing), we are still doing the search and rescue,”

Sanifah believed the boat was overloaded and ran into bad weather.

A coast guard statement said nearly 150 officers from various government agencies with seven boats and ships as well as a helicopter were searching an area of 150 square nautical miles.

Indonesian illegal migrants often make a perilous journey in small rickety boats to Malaysia in search of work, mainly in construction and agriculture.

More than a dozen Indonesians died when their boat sank off the Malaysian coast due to rough seas in January 2017.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on June 19, 2018 at 2:21am

Chilika lake boat capsize toll rises to six

Bhubaneswar, Jun 17
The death toll in the boat tragedy at Chilika lake in Odisha rose to six on Sunday after four more bodies were fished out by rescue personnel.
The boat ferrying 16 people had capsized on Saturday evening after a thunderstorm lashed Asia’s biggest brackishwater lake.
Fire personnel managed to rescue 10 persons and recovered the bodies of a minor girl and her mother on Saturday night. The bodies of the four who were missing were found on Sunday morning.
Chief minister Naveen Patnaik has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakh for the kin of the deceased and free medical treatment for the injured.
The mishap occurred at 6 pm when the boat from Ranapur area of Nayagarh district was returning from Kalijai island to Balugaon, chief fire officer Sukanta Sethi said.
Most of the passengers were locals who had gone to Maa Kalijai temple.
Rabi Narayan Das, who lost his wife Sradhhanjali and daughter Pramodini, said, “After we had darshan of Kalijai Goddess, the boatman asked us to hurry as it had started getting cloudy. While returning, our boat overturned. I could see my wife and daughter struggling in the water but was helpless.”
Additional chief executive of Chilika Development Authority, Sasmita Lenka said the boat should have left before 5 pm as there was a warning for thunderstorm.
An official said though the boats operating in the lake were licensed, many of them were not fit to be on water. “In many cases, the centre of gravity was not correct. Many of the boats have very old engines which stop in the midst and have to be hauled by another boat,” said the official.
There were no life jackets too in the boat. Officials said the water was hardly 6–7-ft deep at the place where it capsized. “The boat had no anchor as well, which could have helped the boatman steady the boat during inclement weather,” said the official.
In 2016, four persons had drowned to death when a boat capsized in Chilika lake. After the tragedy, the state government had amended the Odisha Boat Rules making life jackets mandatory for all boats. It also made it mandatory for all passengers travelling in a licensed boat to be covered by life insurance.

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