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 16, 2015 at 8:09pm

6 illegal migrants die after boat sinks off Çanakkale coast

CIHAN  | CANAKKALE - 16.07.2015 13:59:35
Six illegal migrants were killed while one went missing on Tuesday night when the boat they were in sank off the northwestern province of Çanakkale in the Aegean Sea while trying to reach to the island of Lesbos in Greece through Turkey.

According to the report, which was taken from the local authorities, the boat was carrying Syrians. Ten passengers were saved while search and rescue efforts were under way for the missing person. Reportedly fou of the dead were children. 

The migrants were taken to the Ayvacık and Ezine state hospitals for treatment while the bodies were sent to the Bursa Council of Forensic Medicine for autopsy.

*BREAKING* Boat Sinks Off Worthing Coast

5:07pm 16th July 2015 
(Updated 5:43pm 16th July 2015)

Lifeboat teams have been deployed to help four sailors after a fishing boat sank off the coast of Worthing this afternoon (Thursday 16th).

The crews from Littlehampton and Shoreham are being assisted by the coastguard helicopter team.

A spokesperson for the RNLI told Spirit FM the crew was in the water for some time and have been taken back by the Shoreham lifeboat.

They appear to be uninjured but need to be checked over.

UK Coastguard Commander Steve Carson said:

“The crew did exactly the right thing and quickly called for help when they realised the situation was getting out of their control. The Coastguard recommend that where possible, all vessels are fitted with VHF DSC radio equipment which can send a distress alert and, if it is linked up to GPS, an accurate position of your vessel to the Coastguard with one touch of a button.

“This incident is another reminder why you should wear a lifejacket. I’m sure this crew were grateful for their protection whilst they waited to be rescued.”

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 10, 2015 at 2:39am

10 Crewmen Rescued After Storm Sinks Containership

Sinaran Andaman

By MarEx 2015-07-08 11:46:03

The crew of a Cambodian-flagged containership were rescued this morning (July 8) after the ship sank off Phuket, Thailand.

The 1,591 dwt Sinaran Andaman reported engine failure and was unable anchor. It also suffered a loss of power, which disabled the vessel’s communication equipment. Strong monsoon waves drove the stranded vessel onto rocks at Koh Hae Island, where it sank around 10 am local time. The 10 crewmen were able to launch the ship’s lifeboat and used flares to alert passing ships.

The Royal Thai Navy got onscene and rescued three crewmembers by helicopter and the Marine Police recovered the other seven survivors. The many of the ship’s containers were tossed into surrounding rocks and  shoreline as heavy waves washed over the deck of the capsized ship.

It is monsoon season in the region, and a fishing boat and barge have also sank in the same area. While all members of the fishing boat were recovered by the navy, search efforts continue for six crewmen that were onboard the sunken barge.

Local authorities have prohibited small vessels from sailing in the vicinity of Phuket as waves from six to thirteen feet are expected to continue to pound the area for the rest of the week.  

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 7, 2015 at 8:41pm

19 feared dead after people smuggler's boat capsizes off Greek islands

Shipwreck is deadliest in Mediterranean for over a month since operations to rescue migrants were stepped up

The Greek island of Agathonisi

Up to 19 people are feared to have drowned trying to reach Greece from Turkey, in the deadliest Mediterranean shipwreck since May.

A people smuggler’s boat carrying up to 40 passengers capsized on Tuesday morning between the small Greek islands of Agathonisi and Farmakonisi, 10 miles from the Turkish coast. One passenger has been confirmed dead and 21 have been rescued, leaving as many as 18 still missing. “We don’t know their nationalities,” said Stella Nanou, a UN refugee agency spokeswoman.

The shipwreck is the first major tragedy in the Mediterranean for over a month,due in part to an increase in European search-and-rescue operations in the sea’s central region. But rescue missions remain limited in the eastern Mediterranean, where this year’s migration levels have eclipsed even the record numbers of arrivals to Italy, raising the likelihood of boat disasters.

In the first half of 2015, more than 68,000 migrants – mainly Syrian, Afghan and Iraqi refugees – have risked the short trip from Turkey to the Greek islands, double the total number of arrivals in 201 4.

The influx has overwhelmed Greek institutions, which are already unable to cope with the country’s catastrophic financial crisis.

“Our island can’t handle that many people coming over,” said Thanassis Andreotis, the president of a coastal village in Lesvos, the island that has received the most migrant arrivals so far in 2015. “There’s no way to take care of them.” In the absence of government capacity, some of Andreotis’s fellow islanders have paid from their own pocket to build makeshift shelters.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 7, 2015 at 6:12am

Six missing as ship sinks between Koh Racha and Phi Phi

Phuket Gazette - July 7, 2015 | 09:29 AM

PHUKET: Six people remain missing after a boat sank between Koh Racha Yai and Koh Phi Phi at about 3:55am today.

The Navy was informed of the sinking and immediately dispatched a search team for those on board the vessel, which was carrying construction materials and a backhoe from Ao Makham to Koh Racha Yai.

“We were first alerted by a manager at Rayaburi Resort, who informed us that the ship had sank and that six people were left floating in the rough seas,” said Capt Puttiporn Sawatsut of the Royal Thai Navy Third Area Command.

“We immediately sent our ships to look for the crew. Shortly after the boats were dispatched, a helicopter joined the search.

“At about 5:45am we received reports that three-meter waves were headed our direction, so we ordered to proceed with caution as we searched.”

The Phuket Marine Office is currently searching for the boat registration to confirm the name, size and further details about the vessel, Nachapong Pranit of the Phuket Marine Office told the Phuket Gazette.

An order was issued in Phuket yesterday forbidding boats smaller than nine meters from going to sea (story here).

Six ambulances and about 20 medical workers are waiting at the Third Area Command Navy base in Cape Panwa, Phuket in hopes that those missing will be recovered alive. 

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 2, 2015 at 9:43pm

Fishing boat capsizes, 7 men still at sea: report

 Friday, July 03, 2015

A MOTORIZED fishing boat carrying seven fishermen capsized between Gigante group of Islands in Panay and Madridejos town in Bantayan Island, Cebu late yesterday afternoon.

Madridejos Councilor Emie Gabito said that as of their last communication with Johnrey Vergara and his companions Antic Celeste, Gerry Bangalisan, Norberto Patriarca, one Jomar, one Abel and one Jimbol at around 8 p.m., the group was still clinging to the wooden hull of the boat marked Inday Sweet.

The fishermen reportedly tied plastic containers to their bodies to stay afloat, said Gabito.

As of 9 p.m., there were conflicting reports on where the fishermen came from and where they were headed at the time of the accident.

Gabito said the fishermen went fishing in Masbate and were on their way home to Negros Occidental when they met huge waves, causing their boat to capsize.

Gabito also could not say how the fishermen contacted a relative in Negros, who was a former town employee assigned to Gabito.

The relative called Gabito to ask for help. Gabito told her to tell the fishermen to hang on to the boat and stay float while she sought help.

In a phone interview, Commodore Enrico Evangelista of the Philippine Coast Guard Central-Eastern Visayas Command said the fishing boat came from Negros Occidental and it sank between Tanguingu Islet and Gigantes Island.

Evangelista said they are contacting big vessels equipped with radio communication that might pass by the area where the fishermen are so they can ask them to help rescue the group.

Lt. Cdr. Jim Alagao of the Central Command (Centcom) said they haven’t received an official report yet on the incident, but had sent one patrol gunboat to search and rescue the fishermen

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 2, 2015 at 9:37pm

Philippines: Boat Capsizes With Over 170 Passengers on Board; 36 Feared Dead

  • July 2, 2015 12:55 IST

A boat carrying over 170 passengers capsized off Ormoc City in central Philippines on Thursday. At least 36 people were feared drowned.

A rescue operation was on to look for over 20 other passengers reported missing. 

The boat Kim Nirvana was heading to Camotes Island with 173 people on board, according to Philippines' ABS-CBN News Channel.

118 people have reportedly been rescued.

It was not clear what caused the boat to capsize. 

"We are checking the possibility that there as an error in the manoeuvre of the boat that resulted in it capsizing," Coast guard spokesman Commander Armand Balilo told Channel NewsAsia.

Ciriaco Tolibao, an official from the Ormoc' city's disaster risk reduction and managementoffice, told AFP that the boat had capsized 30 minutes after it left for Camotes island. 

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on June 30, 2015 at 10:36pm

Fishermen rescued from raging sea in Norway after ship sinks (VIDEO)

Published time: June 30, 2015 10:11
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Dramatic footage has been released of the rescue of two fishermen after their ship sank in rough seas off the coast of northern Norway. The video shows the men being saved from raging waters, winched from their inflatable lifeboat to a helicopter.

The fishermen's vessel sent a distress call during stormy weather on Thursday and were taken aboard a rescue helicopter owned by a company that provides search and rescue services for the oil and gas industry, the Local reported.

READ MORE: Record 4,200 migrants rescued at sea by Italian coastguard, 17 dead

The video of their salvage was filmed from a military Orion aircraft that also responded to the emergency.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on June 23, 2015 at 7:58pm

Storm Sinks Fishing Boat; Crew Saved

Tuesday, 23 June 2015; News by Khmer Times/Jack Laurenson

A photo taken from the deck of a Royal Cambodian Navy ship shows a fishing boat sinking off Koh Rong Tuesday. Photo: Facebook


SIHANOUKVILLE (Khmer Times) – In a violent storm on the Gulf of Siam, a Royal Cambodian Navy rescued five men found Tuesday clinging to rocks protruding from an isolated shoal.

The Navy was alerted by a distress signal sent by a sinking fishing boat. After the boat sank, the Navy searched for hours for two more men, who were missing from the 7-man crew. Finally, before dusk, news came that a fishing boat rescued them and taking them to safety on Koh Rong, an island 15 kilometers east of here.

Royal Cambodian Navy patrol vessels, stationed at Ream Naval Base, responded to the distress call, fighting torrential rains and gale winds. 

The coast has been hit by torrential rains and heavy winds in recent days. Officials warned this week of weather conditions that are dangerous for boating and swimming. 

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Six migrants die after boat sinks off southwestern Turkey

Six immigrants die while many rescued as boat carrying migrants sinks near southwestern province of Mugla 
Jun 23, 2015 08:30 GMT 

Six immigrants died and nearly 60 others were rescued on Tuesday when a boat carrying illegal Syrian immigrants sank near the Bodrum district of Mugla, Turkey’s southwestern province.

The vessel - carrying nearly 70 immigrants who illegally travel to the Greek island of Kos - was spotted by the fishermen sinking off near Kara Island, 3.2 kilometres away from Bodrum.

Search-and-rescue operations supported by helicopters and the Bodrum Sea Rescue Association were carried out by Turkish Coast Guards.

The survivors from the incident were hospitalised at Bodrum State Hospital.

After being given first aid, nearly 60 immigrants including women and children were brought to the Coast Guard Command Centre for further processing.

"It was windy. Suddenly our boat capsized. We found ourselves in the sea. The coast guard saved us as we were clinging to the hull. We are in shock, our relatives have been killed," said Syrian migrant Ahmet Sohta, 30, who survived the accident.

The island of Kos is nearly 3.5 kilometres away from Bodrum, a roughly 20-minute boat journey, and migrants pay smugglers up to 800 euros for each passenger to travel to the island.

Two hundred and fifty immigrants from Syria, Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan attempting to illegally travel to the Greek island of Kos were captured by the Turkish Coast Guard in the town of Bodrum in Mugla province on May 31.

On May 28, 185 immigrants from various countries such as Myanmar, Syria and Afghanistan were also captured by Turkish authorities during their journey from Bodrum to Greece.

According to the Hellenic coastguard, more than 40,000 migrants and refugees entered Greece between January and May 2015 and the number is expected to rise.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on June 21, 2015 at 10:17pm

22 hurt when cruise ship crashes at New York seaway lock

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on June 20, 2015 at 8:55pm

Coast Guard rescues four moments before boat sinks in Lake Michigan

Sinking boat.jpgA 31-foot boat sank in Lake Michigan waters near Manitowoc, Wisconsin on Friday, June 19. All four on board were rescued by a U.S. Coast Guard crew

MANITOWOC, WI -- A U.S. Coast Guard crew arrived in the nick of time for four men hoping to be rescued from their sinking boat in 90-foot deep Lake Michigan waters.

Just minutes after the four men were aboard a Coast Guard vessel, the 31-foot boat DATBYTES capsized and then sank.

The sinking happened about five miles off the Wisconsin coast, near Manitowoc.

A 45-foot Coast Guard rescue boat rushed to the scene after someone aboard DATBYTES issued a Mayday call at 1:45 p.m. Friday, June 19. The caller said the boat was rapidly taking on water.

The Coast Guard crew, from Coast Guard station Two Rivers, got to the other boat within five minutes because they already were doing training in the general area.

All four men aboard the sinking boat were wearing life jackets. They were quickly transferred to the Coast Guard boat.

In the minutes to follow, two Coast Guard members tried to use a pump to "de-water" DATBYTES, but they couldn't keep up with the incoming flow.

The Coast Guard members returned to the rescue boat and, not long later, the other boat sank.

None of the rescued four men were injured.

Coast Guard marine inspectors later went to the sinking sight to check for pollution, but could find none. The owner of DATBYTES is making plans to salvage the boat, Coast Guard officials said.

It wasn't clear what caused the boat to take on water.

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