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 14, 2017 at 6:57pm

Seven rescued as cargo ship sinks off Ramsgate

Seven people have been rescued from life rafts in the sea after abandoning a sinking cargo ship near Kent.

An extensive rescue operation was carried out overnight by search teams after the boat went down about 35 nautical miles (40 miles) off Ramsgate.

Rescue helicopters, a lifeboat, and Dutch helicopter and several merchant vessels all came to the aid of the sinking 90m-long vessel.

Coastguards said the crew sent a Mayday alert before abandoning the ship.

Ian Guy, from the UK coastguard, said an emergency call came shortly before midnight.

'Crew ended up in sea'

"They were taking on water rapidly and planning to abandon the ship," he said.

"When they made the call, I understand the boat was already going under and by the time they finished the call, they didn't make it to the life rafts.

"The boat was under the water and they were themselves in the water."

He said the crew managed to get on the life rafts from where they were rescued, but added they had all been in the sea in January and were airlifted to hospital with potential hypothermia but no serious injuries.

Weather conditions were "challenging" with severe gale-force winds, he added.

Ships nearby managed to reach the stranded crew first, but a merchant ship near the scene was unable to deploy its fast rescue inflatable craft because of the conditions.

It is not yet clear whether it was the weather or another problem which caused the ship to sink, or whether any cargo was on board.

and another:

Refugee crisis: More than 100 asylum seekers drown as boat sinks in the Mediterranean Sea

Disaster comes day after more than 550 migrants rescued between Libya and Italy

The disaster came a day after two migrants were found crushed to death in a dinghy AP

More than 100 refugees have drowned after a boat sank in rough conditions in the Mediterranean Sea as the crisis shows no sign of slowing.

The Italian Navy was searching for survivors from the vessel, which was believed to be carrying up to 110 people.

Only four survivors were pulled from the water, with at least eight bodies found so far.

​Flavio Di Giacomo, from the International Organisation for Migration, told The Independent around 106 people were thought to have died and described the conditions at sea as "extremely bad".

The boat went down in waters between Libya and Italy, which has become the deadliest sea crossing in the world since the start of the refugee crisis.

It claimed the vast majority of more than 5,000 lives lost in treacherous boat journeys to Europe in 2016, the deadliest year on record, with people drowning or being crushed or suffocated in overcrowded smugglers' boats.

Saturday's disaster was the worst single incident so far this year, which has already seen at least 122 deaths at sea.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on December 15, 2016 at 5:07am

Thursday, 15 December 2016

One dead, eight missing in boat capsize

TOKYO: One crew member of a crab fishing boat has died and eight others remain missing after the vessel capsized off Japan’s western coast, coast guard officials said.

The 76-tonne fishing boat Daifukumaru capsized in the Sea of Japan just off Shimane prefecture at about 5.20am, leaving all nine crew on board missing, a Japan Coast Guard spokesman earlier said.

Coast guard rescuers on a helicopter spotted a man floating with his face down five hours after the accident and took him to hospital where he was confirmed dead, another spokesman said.

Patrol boats and aircraft are continuing to search for eight other men still missing, he added.

The nine crew members include eight Japanese and one Indonesian.

The nationality of the man discovered has yet to be confirmed, according to coastguard officials.

“They were fishing for crabs when water flowed into the boat,” an official with the local fishermen’s union that operated the vessel said on public broadcaster NHK.

“So the boat was towed by another vessel. That was when it capsized.”

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on December 8, 2016 at 4:56am

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Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 11, 2016 at 8:20am

Cargo ferry goes down on the Chindwin

A cargo ferry carrying oil barrels has capsized in Sagaing Region, along the same route where a ferry accident last month claimed the lives of at least 73 people.

The Lin Lin Aung cargo ferry is seen as it sinks into the Chindwin River. Photo: Supplied / U Aww ThahtaThe Lin Lin Aung cargo ferry is seen as it sinks into the Chindwin River. Photo: Supplied / U Aww Thahta

The cargo ferry sank after a wave hit the boat during heavy rain. All five crew members survived the incident.

En route from Monywa, the Lin Lin Aung cargo vessel went down near Ngout Sar village, Homalin township, yesterday, according to the Sagaing Region Police Force.

“The boat capsized just past 9am near an intersection of the Chindwin River and U-ru Creek,” a police official told The Myanmar Times.

The boat capsized just past 9am near an intersection of the Chindwin River and U-ru Creek,” a police official told The Myanmar Times.

The Lin Lin Aung ferry carried oil barrels, rice bags, iron pipes and other goods from Monywa to Homalin. All crew members onboard were uninjured, the police official said.

The Lin Lin Aung ferry was licensed, according to police.

“We were able to salvage some goods that were onboard but some drifted down the river. So far, the sinking boat has yet to be salvaged. No fatalities have been reported. Fire fighters and police have arrived there. Residents are also providing help,” said U Aww Thahta, a local monk.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 8, 2016 at 1:11am

Barge flips, sinks only weeks after tugboat runs aground near Bella Bella, B.C.


The barge was carrying gravel and sand from Seattle, Wash., to Alaska when it flipped. All four crew members were safe.

The sinking of a tug and the subsequent diesel spill on British Columbia's central coast is prompting a rethink to emergency response that could allow those closest to the disaster to take the lead, says the federal indigenous affairs minister. The tug boat Nathan E. Stewart is seen in the waters of the Seaforth Channel near Bella Bella, B.C., in an October 2016, handout photo. Now less than four weeks after the tug ran aground, a barge carrying gravel and sand has flipped and sunk.

The sinking of a tug and the subsequent diesel spill on British Columbia's central coast is prompting a rethink to emergency response that could allow those closest to the disaster to take the lead, says the federal indigenous affairs minister. The tug boat Nathan E. Stewart is seen in the waters of the Seaforth Channel near Bella Bella, B.C., in an October 2016, handout photo. Now less than four weeks after the tug ran aground, a barge carrying gravel and sand has flipped and sunk. 

BELLA BELLA, B.C.—The Heiltsuk Nation in British Columbia says a barge has flipped and sunk north of the site where a tug that ran aground last month still awaits removal.

A news release from the First Nation says the barge, which was carrying gravel and sand from Seattle, Wash., to Alaska flipped Sunday evening in a channel along B.C.’s central coast.

The 37-metre tugboat that was towing the barge was still afloat Sunday night, and the four crew members were safe.

A Canadian Coast Guard spokesperson says the tug has been granted permission from Transport Canada to continue its journey north to Alaska while crews remain at the scene of the sunken 65-metre barge.

The sinking comes less than four weeks after the tugboat Nathan E. Stewart ran aground near Bella Bella, spilling diesel fuel into the water.

Sunday’s incident happened near Klemtu, which is about 55 kilometres north of Bella Bella.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to make an announcement in Vancouver on Monday about how tanker and fuel spills along the West Coast will be responded to in the future.

Heiltsuk member Jess Housty, who is part of the diesel spill response team, says with two incidents involving sinking vessels, Trudeau’s promised regulatory changes can’t come soon enough.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on October 19, 2016 at 7:55am

Tuna boat capsizes, sinks at mouth of Merrimack Monday

The Coast Guard in Newburyport reports that two men were thrown into the water.

A tuna boat carrying two people capsized – and it’s believed sank – at the mouth of the Merrimack River Monday night.

At about 7 p.m. Monday, the Laurie Ann, a 35-foot tuna boat making its way into Newburyport, took in massive amounts of water from breaking waves and flipped over, throwing two men into water.

“They were doing their inbound transit, and a breaking wave hit,” Newburyport Coast Guard Officer Ruben Colon said. “A good Samaritan called it in and said an 8-foot breaking wave came from their stern [rear] and capsized the vessel.”

That good Samaritan, operating a fishing boat nearby, helped the two men out of the water while the Coast Guard rushed to the scene on a motor lifeboat.

The men were treated by EMTs for multiple injuries including “hypothermia and shock, and there was a gentlemen that had a laceration to the face,” Colon said. “The water was between 55 and 60 degrees.”

Afterward, the Coast Guard searched the water for the boat. They found a life 

raft Tuesday afternoon, and the boat’s emergency position-indicating radiobeacon was found in Salisbury, but there has been no sign of the boat.

“The boat has not been recovered yet, and we believe it is still in the water in the vicinity of the river mouth,” Colon said. “We’re advising mariners to be cautious in that area.”

It’s not that uncommon for boats of the Laurie Ann’s size to capsize near the mouth of the Merrimack, with its often choppy waters.

“With the right conditions weatherize, the bar does break and it is a dangerous area, especially for boats coming inbound,” Colon cautioned.

While boating accident deaths in the northeast have decreased – according to a study released by the Coast Guard this year – 30 of the 34 people who died in recreational boating accidents in 2015 drowned, and 29 of the 34 deaths were the result of capsizing or falling overboard. Thirty-two of the 34 people who died were not wearing a life jacket.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on October 9, 2016 at 5:18am

Rescue after San Francisco boat capsize leaves people trapped under hull

Authorities say all 30 on board, mostly young people, safe after coast guard divers rushed to overturned sailboat near Pier 45

A boat with 30 people on board capsized off San Francisco’s Pier 45, the city’s fire department said on Saturday, with some people becoming trapped beneath the hull.

Coast guard divers quickly reached the scene and were able to rescue the people, a spokeswoman for the agency told the Guardian.

“All 30 people are safe and accounted for,” she said, citing an estimate of passengers, many of whom were young people. She could not provide any specifics about why the boat capsized or who was on board. “There are some adults, but that’s the only information that I have at this time.”

The authorities later described the vessel as a sailboat.

Two people sustained serious injuries, officials later told the local NBC affiliate.


Comment by Tracie Crespo on October 6, 2016 at 4:00am

CreditAris Messinis/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
Stepping Over the Dead on a Migrant Boat

It began with blips on a radar screen, 12 miles off the Libyan coast. As the rescuers approached, they found overloaded wooden vessels and rafts that evoked scenes of the slave trade.

Hundreds of African migrants were crammed into boats headed for Italy. More than two dozen people were dead in one boat alone, asphyxiated from the crush aboard. In other boats, bodies were splayed on the floorboards, forcing survivors to clamber over the corpses of their fellow voyagers.


Aris Messinis, an Agence France-Presse photographer aboard the rescue boat Astral, said it was like nothing he had ever seen.

The passengers — from Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Nigeria and other sub-Saharan countries — were found by the Astral on Tuesday, part of a wave of more than 11,000 rescued in the Mediterranean by aid groups and the Italian Coast Guard this week.

Migrants aboard a large wooden boat, which may have held 1,000 people — roughly five times its capacity — waited frantically for help. Some jumped into the water.


Even with life jackets tossed to them, migrants struggled to reach the Astral and other rescue vessels, which later transferred them to Italian Coast Guard ships bound for Italy.


Pandemonium punctuated the rescue operation, despite efforts by the Astral crew to calm the migrants. “These people were in panic,” Mr. Messinis said.

Migrants aboard the wooden vessel included infants, like the one below.

In one of the boats, holding roughly 150 people, Mr. Messinis said that rescuers found 29 bodies — 10 men and 19 women. “They told us these people were dead from the night,” he said.

At one point, passengers held a child aloft to signal rescuers of their desperation.

Migrants crammed below deck were packed so tightly they struggled to get out. “Many of them haven’t seen the sea in their whole lives,” said Laura Lanuza, a spokeswoman for Proactiva Open Arms, a Spanish aid group that operates the Astral.

Despite a drop in sea crossings to Europe by migrants this year, more than 3,000 have died in perilous crossings from Libya, where political chaos has made it the main departure point for smuggling operators who care little about whether their clients survive.

Rescue officials attributed the spike in sea crossings in recent days to a stretch of good weather after days of storms and sea turbulence.

The wooden vessel’s cargo hold contained two-thirds of the roughly 1,000 people found aboard, Ms. Lanuza said, calling the conditions “just like a slavery boat — the same.”

After the living were rescued, Astral crew members put the dead in body bags and stored them in life rafts.

Migration officials and rescue groups in Europe say the migrant route from North Africa remains the deadliest. Joel Millman, a spokesman for the International Organization for Migration, said at least 38 migrant bodies were recovered in Mediterranean rescues Monday and Tuesday, including those found by the Astral.

Mr. Messinis, 39, who has covered the conflicts in Libya and Syria, has been photographing the European migration crisis since it began three years ago. He has often put aside his camera to help rescuers.

What he witnessed on the Mediterranean, he said, was different. The analogy to slave ships that once plied the Atlantic, he said, was “exactly right — except that it’s not hundreds of years ago.”

"I’ve seen a lot of death, but not this thing,” he said. “This is shocking and this is what makes you feel you are not living in a civilized world.”

Comment by Tracie Crespo on September 28, 2016 at 5:35am

Death toll in migrant ship wreck rises to 202

Thirty-three more bodies are retrieved from a ship wreck off the coast of Egypt bringing up the total death toll of drowned migrants to 202. (Photo captured from Reuters video)Thirty-three more bodies are retrieved from a ship wreck off the coast of Egypt bringing up the total death toll of drowned migrants to 202. (Photo captured from Reuters video)

BURG RASHID, Egypt (Reuters) — Thirty-three bodies were recovered on Tuesday (September 27) as a wreck of a boat that sank off Egypt last week with hundreds of migrants aboard was lifted from the depths, raising the confirmed death toll to 202, a local official said.

The boat capsized off the Mediterranean coast on Sept. 21. Rescue workers and fishermen said they had rescued at least 169 people, but uncertainty remains over how many might still be missing.

“This is something only God knows. There indeed are still some people who have not found their children, who may have been sitting at the back of the boat and swept away by the current. Only God knows what happened to those who haven’t been found,” said local fisherman, Hamada Zamalout, who has been assisting in the rescue operations since the accident.

Regional governor Mohamed Sultan said the number of bodies recovered was “almost final” but rescue workers were still looking for human remains at sea.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Tuesday it believed at least 450 people were aboard the vessel and that about 300 perished in all.

Egyptian security sources initially said there had been almost 600 migrants aboard.

Officials said the boat was carrying Egyptian, Sudanese, Eritrean and Somali migrants, and that they believed it was heading for Italy. Four members of the crew were arrested.

More and more migrants have been trying to cross to Italy from the African coast over the summer months, particularly from Libya, where people-traffickers operate with relative impunity. But boats have increasingly departed from Egypt of late as Libya has slipped deeper into lawlessness.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Monday (September 26) that there is “no justification” for these deaths and called for “more secure” borders.

Fisherman Ahmed Fawzy says Egyptian officials need to pay more attention to those in need.

“(I ask) those in power, and the president himself, to pay more attention to the poor who are neglected, and who, because of the high costs of living, the lack of money and income, are willing to throw their lives away, and throw themselves in the sea. So all we want is for them to pay more attention to us and to take better care of the poor.”

The IOM says that more than 3,200 migrants have died while trying to cross the Mediterranean this year, while more than 300,000 have reached European shores. More than 1 million Middle Eastern, African and Asian migrants entered Europe in 2015.

The IOM said the number of migrants to arrive in Europe this year likely would not reach last year’s level, though the number of fatalities was virtually certain to exceed the 2015 total.

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