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 yesterday

http://www.ktva.com/vessel-sinks-near-sitka-leaking-nearly-30-gallo...

Vessel sinks near Sitka, leaking nearly 30 gallons of oil

9:24 PM September 2, 2015
ANCHORAGE –

Multiple agencies responded to a sinking vessel near Sitka Wednesday. The vessel ran aground Tuesday evening and spilled “10-30 gallons” of oil, according to U.S. Coast Guard officials.

The Pacific Venture, a 58-foot seiner, rolled over around 2 a.m. on Wednesday and sank in an area approximately 25 feet deep and roughly half a mile from the mouth of the Indian River, according to the Coast Guard.

The owner of the boat reported 600 gallons of diesel fuel and 70 gallons of hydraulic and lube oils were on board when the boat sank, Coast Guard officials say. The Southeast Alaska Petroleum Response Organization (SEAPRO) deployed a boom around the boat between noon and 3 p.m.

“Responders are working diligently to minimize the impact on the environment and the community,” said Bob Mattson, State On Scene Coordinator, in a statement. “Federal, state and local partners continue to work alongside one another for an effective response.”

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on Tuesday

http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/3-dead-2-missing-a...

4 dead, 2 missing after fishing boats capsize off Nagasaki Pref

NAGASAKI —

Four people are dead and two others missing after six fishing boats capsized in southwestern Japan early Tuesday, the Japan Coast Guard said, as a low pressure system brought strong winds and heavy rain to the region.

Five fishing boats capsized off Tsushima Island in Nagasaki Prefecture and eight crew members were thrown into the sea.

Seven of the eight crew members were pulled from the water but four were later confirmed dead, while another remains missing.

Two of the boats requested help around 3:40 a.m., according to the coast guard.

Elsewhere, a squid-fishing boat capsized off the coast of Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture, around 6:40 a.m., leaving one of two crew members missing.

Coast guard patrol vessels were searching the area for the missing.

The atmosphere around the Tsushima Strait was unstable as southerly warm and moist air seeped into a low pressure system, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on Tuesday

http://www.pbo.co.uk/news/man-dies-after-capsize-tragedy-off-the-ir...

Man dies after capsize tragedy off the Irish coast

September 1, 2015

A man has died after spending up to five hours in the water with nine others, after their boat capsized off the coast of county Wexford, Ireland.

The 10 people, all wearing lifejackets, were rescued after being in the water for four to five hours after their 18ft leisure craft boat overturned near the Saltee Islands after a fishing trip.

The alarm was raised with Kilmore Quay RNLI at 11.15pm on Saturday by a person known to the missing party after their boat, which had set off at 4pm, failed to return as expected.

Kilmore Quay and Fethard RNLI lifeboats and the Saltee Islands passenger ferry, the An Crossan, crewed by three more Kilmore Quay lifeboat volunteers carried out an extensive search.

The An Crossan spotted the upturned hull and 10 people, one woman and nine males including a teenage boy, in the water, half a mile south of the Great Saltee Islands at around 12.30am.

Weather conditions at the time were overcast and there was a force 2-3 south westerly wind blowing.

It was when the passenger ferry’s search light went out temporarily that its crew members heard shouting from the sea.



The boat is understood to have overturned in choppy water when a breaking wave stove in the windows in the wheelhouse and swamped the vessel.

The crew of the An Crossan pulled all 10 people from the water and onto the ferry.

One man in his early 70s, who was in need of urgent medical attention, was transferred onto the Kilmore Quay lifeboat and treated by lifeboat crew members until the Irish Coast Guard Rescue 117 helicopter from Waterford arrived.

He was airlifted to Waterford University Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

The nine other people were transferred to Kilmore Quay on the passenger ferry where they were then brought into the lifeboat station, medically assessed and made comfortable until an ambulance arrived and took them to Wexford General Hospital.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on Saturday

https://www.adn.com/article/20150829/five-rescued-capsized-boat-nea...

Five rescued from capsized boat near Valdez

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 26, 2015 at 1:44am

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40-foot fishing trawler sinks north of Sandy Hook, authorities say

7:22 p.m. EDT August 25, 2015

Report of missing boat deemed credible by USCG

A 40-foot steel fishing trawler reportedly sank this afternoon north of Sandy Hook.

About 4:30 p.m., a boat captain in the area reported to the US. Coast Guard that a boat was taking on water and sank, about a mile and a half to two miles north of the tip of the Sandy Hook peninsula, according to Coast Guard spokesman Charles Rowe.

Authorities considered the report credible and launched a search. The response included two boats from the Coast Guard; personnel from the New Jersey State Police, New York Police Department and New York Fire Department; and an NYPD helicopter, according to Rowe.

NYPD is scanning with a sonar to find the sunken boat, according to a release from the Coast Guard.

Rowe said authorities found debris in the area but don't have proof it's from the missing boat. He said they don't know how many people were on board, the boat's name or home port.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 26, 2015 at 1:10am

http://6abc.com/news/cargo-ship-runs-aground-on-the-delaware-river/...

CARGO SHIP SAFELY SECURED AFTER RUNNING AGROUND ON DELAWARE RIVER


VIDEO: Cargo ship runs aground in the Salem River in New Jersey
A cargo ship ran aground late Monday night near the mouth of the Salem River near Salem City, New Jersey.



Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 24, 2015 at 9:21pm

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-34037600

Scotland

Five crew rescued as St Apollo sinks in Sound of Mull

Oban lifeboatThe Oban lifeboat was first to reach the fishermen's life raft

Five people have been rescued after their scallop-dredger ran aground and sank in the Sound of Mull.

The Kirkcudbright-based St Apollo ran on to rocks during a severe squall and began taking on water in Inninmore Bay, at 3:53 on Monday.

The crew raised the alarm and escaped on to a life raft before they were rescued by the Oban RNLI Lifeboat, just as the vessel sank, at about 04:25.

All five crew members were uninjured and later taken ashore at Oban.

The rescue was the culmination of a busy 24 hours for the Oban lifeboat crew which had to deal with four callouts.

On Sunday afternoon the lifeboat was sent to help a yacht in difficulties off Craignish Point but was stood down when another vessel took the yacht under tow.

The crew received a second callout later that afternoon but was stood down before launching. Later that evening, the crew set off to help a jet skier but returned to port after the vessel was assisted ashore.

and another:

http://uppermichiganssource.com/news/nation-world/crews-find-2-of-4...

Comment by KM on August 15, 2015 at 2:16pm

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3199145/Moment-terrified-pa...

Moment terrified passenger leaps into the sea to save himself from inferno on ferry with 544 people on board 

  • The ferry burst into flames moments after docking at Ormoc, Philippines
  • Passengers were forced to throw themselves into the sea to escape flames
  • Six passengers were trapped in VIP accommodation by thick, black smoke
  • Two crew members suffered cuts and bruises but everyone escaped alive

Terrified passengers were forced to throw themselves into the sea to escape after a ferry burst into flames in the Philippines.

The two-storey ferry, with 544 passengers on board, was engulfed by flames after docking at the central Philippines port city of Ormoc this morning.

Passengers launched themselves overboard and clambered down the roof deck to escape the suffocating black smoke.

Leap of faith: A passenger leaps from the top deck of the burning ferry, which burst into flames shortly after docking at the Philippines port city of Ormoc this morning

Leap of faith: A passenger leaps from the top deck of the burning ferry, which burst into flames shortly after docking at the Philippines port city of Ormoc this morning

Inferno: A total of 12 fire-engines were called to the scene to battle the flames, made worse by the fuel on board the ferry, which was carrying 544 passengers

Inferno: A total of 12 fire-engines were called to the scene to battle the flames, made worse by the fuel on board the ferry, which was carrying 544 passengers

Six passengers in the VIP accommodation were forced to escape through windows because thick black smoke had trapped them in their rooms

Everyone on board – including 17 children – survived the fire, with just two crew members suffering cuts and bruises.

The two injured men were identified by the coast guard as Jake Rondel Guiconor and Daryll Lee Bentoy, reported the Philippines-based Inquirer.

The two crew members were injured as they tried to contain the fire, on board the MV Wonderful Stars.

Fire engulfs passenger ferry in while docked in Philippines
Trapped: Six passengers became trapped in their VIP accommodation and were forced to climb out of the windows to escape the suffocating black smoke

Trapped: Six passengers became trapped in their VIP accommodation and were forced to climb out of the windows to escape the suffocating black smoke

Firefighters fought the fierce blaze for hours after the fire, made worse by the fuel on board, broke out.

The ferry has just arrived at a pier on the port city on Leyte Island from nearby Cebu city, when the fire broke out around 4.30am local time.

A total of 12 fire-engines were sent from Ormoc and neighbouring towns.




Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 6, 2015 at 7:17am

http://www.laprensasa.com/309_america-in-english/3264205_boat-carry...

Boat carrying hundreds of migrants sinks in Straight of Sicily

MEDITERRANEAN MIGRATION | 05 de Agosto de 2015

Boat carrying hundreds of migrants sinks in Straight of Sicily
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A group of immigrants disembarking at the port of Salerno, Italy. EFE / File

Rome, Aug 5 (EFE).- A boat transporting hundreds of migrants to Europe sank on Wednesday in the Strait of Sicily, a few miles off the coast of Libya, when naval authorities were preparing to rescue it, Italian coast guard officials told EFE.

The incident occurred about 24 kilometers (15 miles) from the Libyan coast, where several boats arrived to assist in the rescue.

The coast guard refused to speculate about the death toll, as rescue operations were ongoing, although the official explained that their operations center in Rome received a distress call of a metal boat full of migrants in the Strait of Sicily.

The coast guard dispatched several civilian ships and boats that were in the area to rescue the passengers, who had apparently crowded to one side of the boat, causing the vessel to capsize.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 5, 2015 at 11:39pm

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/migrant-boat-capsizes-off-libya-s-coas...

Migrant boat capsizes off Libya's coast killing at least 25

Human rights group estimates nearly 2,000 migrants have lost their lives at sea in 2015

The Associated Press Posted: Aug 05, 2015 10:53 AM ET Last Updated: Aug 05, 2015 4:38 PM ET

Crew members on the Migrant Offshore Aid Station ship MV Phoenix pause for a moment of reflection at dusk during a search for missing migrants after their boat capsized off the coast of Libya.

Crew members on the Migrant Offshore Aid Station ship MV Phoenix pause for a moment of reflection at dusk during a search for missing migrants after their boat capsized off the coast of Libya. (Darrin Zammit Lupi/Reuters)

At least 367 migrants have been rescued and 25 bodies recovered after a fishing boat carrying as many as 700 people capsized on Wednesday in the Mediterranean Sea north of Libya, the Italian Coast Guard and Irish navy says.

Coast guard Cmdr. Filippo Marini said the rescue operation was still ongoing, involving seven ships. Survivors have indicated that between 400 and 700 people were on board the boat when it capsized, he added.

The exact number of those aboard might never be known, but authorities hope to have a better idea after survivors are interviewed.

The Irish naval vessel L.E. Niamh was one of several ships requested by the Italian Coast Guard to speed to the rescue of the overturned boat shortly before noon, Capt. Donal Gallagher told The Associated Press by phone.

When the Le Niamh arrived near the fishing boat, Marini said the migrants on board shifted to one side and the boat capsized.

"Our worst fear was realized when the ship capsized before our very eyes," an Irish navy commander told state broadcaster RTE.

An Italian military helicopter dropped additional life-rafts into the sea, where 150 people were initially spotted, Gallagher said.

By evening, the Le Niamh had 367 people aboard, including 13 children, the Irish military said.

Since the water was warm, rescuers worked with hope of finding more survivors, even as dusk approached. The vessel was reported to be 110 kilometres northwest of Tripoli, Libya's capital.

Irish Defence Minister Simon Coveney said he feared that "loss of life is likely to be significant."

'A mass grave'

Also involved in the rescue were an Italian vessel and Destiny I, a boat operated by Doctors Without Borders, which was tweeting pictures of the rescue operation.

Non-governmental organizations often join in migrant sea rescue operations, which are co-ordinated by the Italian Coast Guard and are now under the umbrella of a European Union task force known as Triton. The distressed vessel was reported to be 110 kilometres northwest of Tripoli, Libya's capital.

"We said it in April and we say it again today," Doctors Without Borders tweeted. "A mass grave is being created in the Mediterranean Sea and European states are responsible."

Before Wednesday's incident, the International Organization for Migration said nearly 2,000 migrants are believed to have lost their lives at sea since the start of this year. But the exact toll isn't known.

In April, a smuggling boat crammed with an estimated 800 migrants overturned, also off Libya's coast, where smugglers operate. Only 28 survivors, including two alleged smugglers, were found.

Fleeing war, persecution and poverty, the migrants travel overland for weeks or months from sub-Saharan Africa, the Horn of Africa, the Middle East and parts of Asia to reach Libya. There they set sail in flimsy motorized rubber dinghies or rickety old fishing boats. When the boats have problems, someone aboard contacts the coast guard by satellite phone requesting rescue. Other boats in distress are spotted by Triton air surveillance.

Most of the migrants hope to find asylum, relatives or jobs, mainly in northern Europe.

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