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 Tracie Crespo on August 23, 2014 at 6:53pm

Boat with 170 Africans on board sinks off Libyan coast

A shoe that belongs to an illegal immigrant is seen floating near Tripoli coast, Libya, on Aug 22, 2014.

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - A wooden boat with around 170 African migrants on board trying to reach Europe has sunk off the Libyan coast, a spokesman for the Libyan navy said on Saturday.

Migrants have been streaming out of North Africa in rickety boats in rising numbers for years. So far in 2014, the total number reaching Italian shores has passed 100,000, the Italian government said this week.

"The coast guards have rescued 17 of the illegal migrants," navy spokesman Ayoub Qassem said. A search for the rest of the passengers was underway, he added.

The boat sank near Qarabouli, east of Tripoli, a common launchpad used by human traffickers smuggling people to Europe, Qassem said.

Italy has borne the brunt of patrolling the Mediterranean Sea to help prevent major tragedies involving migrants. More than 70,000 people have been rescued through the "Mare Nostrum" (Our Sea) mission of patrols which Italy began last October.

(Reporting by Ahmed Elumami; Writing by Ulf Laessing; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 19, 2014 at 6:22pm

Four rescued from capsized shrimp boat, fifth person still missing

August 18, 2014 | Updated: August 18, 2014 11:04pm

Four of the five people who were aboard a shrimp boat that capsized near Baytown on Monday have been rescued, but divers continued to search for a male passenger who remained missing, authorities said.

Late Monday, the U.S. Coast Guard said there had been no change but that at first light Tuesday they will launch a helicopter to join the search.

The incident, roughly three miles south of the Fred Hartman Bridge in eastern Harris County, was reported to the Coast Guard about 3:30 p.m.

The privately owned 41-foot fishing vessel - named the "Mr. Anthony" - overturned in Cedar Bayou Channel. Three of the passengers were able to get on top of the overturned boat and were taken to shore, said Petty Officer Manda Emery, a Coast Guard spokeswoman.

Crews operating from boats searched for hours to locate the two missing passengers.

A woman who had been trapped under the vessel was rescued about 5:45 p.m. through a puncture in the bottom of the boat.

"They used the 'jaws of life' to cut the hole open, and they were able to get the woman, who was inside, out," Emery said.

Baytown EMS transported her to a local hospital, where she reportedly was in stable condition.

Comment by KM on August 14, 2014 at 11:42pm!bDz1hT

Ferry disabled after being hit by large waves off Scituate

Windows broken by massive waves

 UPDATED 11:40 PM EDT Aug 13, 2014

SCITUATE, Mass. —A ferry en route to Boston from Provincetown was disabled after being hit by a large wave Wednesday, according to the Coast Guard.

Just before 4 p.m., a ferry was midway through its fourth trip of the day, to and from Provincetown and Boston, when the vessel was hit by a large set of waves that broke two of the seven windows in the pilot house, Bay State Cruise Company officials said in a statement.

The two windows that broke were in the center of the pilot house, which is where the captain navigates from.

Officials said windws in the passengers cabin, which is under the pilot house, were not broken and it appeared as though the waves were at an angle and height that they only struck at the pilot house level, which is about 20 feet above the water.

After the large waves hit the ferry, seas returned to the normal wave pattern of about 5 feet, officials said.

When the windows were broken, water took the vessel's control systems offline, officials said.

The captain was eventually able to get the starboard engine up to speed, but could not restart the port engine.

"We can only imagine the amount of concern and alarm that the passengers must have felt when the vessel decelerated so suddenly and then had to wait until the propulsion came back online," officials said in a statement.

No injuries were reported to any of the passengers, but the captain did suffer from cuts to his hand, which he had wrapped.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 4, 2014 at 9:59pm

Bangladesh ferry sinks with up to 200 on board

An overloaded ferry sank in rough conditions in central Bangladesh on Monday with up to 200 passengers on board, in the latest disaster to hit the country's rivers.

Emergency workers said around 100 survivors and two dead bodies had been pulled out of the river, but the rest remain unaccounted for.

"The waves were huge, the ferry was rolling heavily from side to side," said survivor Syed Saadi, whose wife and two sons were still missing.

"The boat flooded with water after a huge wave hit it, and tipped over before sinking under the water," he told Channel 24 television.

The ferry was around 30 kilometres (20 miles) south of the capital Dhaka when it sank on the river Padma in the central district of Munshiganj.

Ferry accidents are common in the impoverished country, with overcrowding and poor ship design and maintenance often to blame.

Local police chief Tofazzal Hossain told AFP the vessel was overloaded with passengers and conditions were rough.

Rescue workers and the navy have been mobilised at the scene and a ship with underwater cameras deployed to try to locate the sunken vessel.

Fire service official Mohammad Dulal told AFP that divers were being deployed to try to locate the sunken ferry and look for survivors. But stormy conditions and large waves were preventing them from going into the water.

The police chief of Madaripur, where the ferry began its journey, said it was carrying between 170 and 200 passengers.

But one survivor, speaking on local television, said there were up to 350 passengers on board.

"There was no storm, but the weather was cloudy and the river was rough," he said.

"Suddenly the ferry was hit by a wave and flooded with water. I got out through a window and the ferry sank quickly.

"I was rescued by a local motor boat, other people were also rescued by boats."

Bangladeshi ferries do not maintain passenger logbooks, and are often overloaded.

Emergency workers at the scene said thousands of onlookers had gathered on the banks of the swollen river Padma.

August is monsoon season in Bangladesh, when rivers run high, and the ship was completely submerged.

Bangladesh, one of Asia's poorest nations, is criss-crossed by more than 230 rivers and boats are the main form of travel, especially in the southern and northeastern regions.

However many of the vessels in use date back to before independence in 1971.

Officials have said more than 95 percent of Bangladesh's hundreds of thousands of small and medium-sized boats do not meet minimum safety regulations.

In May, a passenger ferry thought to be carrying between 150 and 200 people sank in central Bangladesh, killing dozens of people. The exact death toll remains unknown.

Survivors blamed the ship's captain for refusing to take shelter from a gathering storm.

Around 150 people were killed in the same district in March 2012 after an overcrowded ferry carrying about 200 passengers sank when it was hit by an oil barge in the middle of the night.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 31, 2014 at 10:13pm

4 drown, 10 missing in Sirajganj boat capsize

Star Online Report
A view of Jamuna river located at Gaibandha district. Star file photo
A view of Jamuna river in Gaibandha district. Star file photo

Four people were confirmed dead and at least 10 went missing after a boat capsized in the Jamuna river in Chowhali upazila of Sirajganj this morning.

Strong current caused the capsize around 11:00am, Md Samsul Haque, officer-in-charge of Chowhali Police Station, told our Pabna correspondent.

The motorboat carrying 70 to 75 passengers was bound for Char Salimabad from Michuani Char, reports our Pabna correspondent.

When it reached near Baguchia point in the river, it flipped due to strong current, added Haque.

Many of the passengers managed to swim ashore.

On information, police and locals rushed there and recovered two bodies from the river near Baguchia point around 11:30am.

Three hours later, they recovered two more bodies from the same spot, said Abul Kahar Siddiqui, chairman of Bagutia union parishad of the upazila.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 31, 2014 at 10:12pm

Six killed in boat capsize in Bangladesh

Six killed in boat capsize in Bangladesh


Dhaka, July 31 (IANS) Six bodies have been recovered after a boat, carrying over a hundred passengers, capsized in the Jamuna river in Bangladesh.

Chawhali upazila executive officer Mohammad Abdullah said the mishap took place around 10 a.m. on Thursday in Sirajganj district, reported.

Abdullah said the boat was ferrying the passengers from Mituani Bazar to Char Salimabad, and sank after hitting a rundown bridge.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 24, 2014 at 8:04pm

Boat carrying 28 capsizes near Muar 

JOHOR BAHRU, July 24 (Bernama) -- A boat carrying 28 passengers capsized about 15 Nautical miles South West of Tanjung Ketapang, Muar at 11.20am today said the Southern Region Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA), today.

MMEA operations director Maritime Capt Ibrahim Mohamed said information of the boat tragedy was received by VTS Klang.

"Initial information from VTS Klang said a cargo ship, MSC Valeria, that was passing through the route had saved two victims who were floating in the area," he said in a statement today.

The actual number of passengers on board has yet to be determined but believed the boat was carrying 28 passengers.

Ibrahim said a search and rescue operation involving two MMEA vessels has been activated in the area.

The boat capsize in Tanjung Ketapang today is the second within 10 days as another boat carrying about 70 illegal immigrants had capsized in Tanjung Piai waters on July 14.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 15, 2014 at 9:48pm

Two dead, 18 missing as boat capsizes off Malaysia

Tue 15 Jul 2014 at 08:43

NNA - At least two people died and 18 others were missing after an overloaded boat carrying illegal Indonesian immigrants capsized off the coast of southern Malaysia, a maritime official said Tuesday. 
The official with the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency said the boat carrying around 80 people overturned and sank late Monday as a patrolling vessel was pursuing it off the state of Johor. 
"The boat carried illegal immigrants going back to Indonesia" to celebrate the end of Ramadan, the official told Agence France Presse, adding that 59 people had been rescued. 
"The boat was small and... overloaded," said the official, who requested anonymity as he was not authorized to speak to the media. 

He said the bodies of a man and a woman had so far been recovered. 
Boat accidents are common as Malaysia draws hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants from poorer neighboring countries. 
Authorities have stepped up patrols during Ramadan as many from Indonesia seek to sneak out and return in rickety boats to celebrate the end of the fasting month. 
More than a dozen people died and about two dozen others went missing last month in two boat accidents in rough weather off Malaysia's west coast. 

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 11, 2014 at 8:41pm

2 undocumented migrants dead in boat capsize in Aegean Sea

ATHENS, July 11 (Xinhua) -- Greek Coast Guard retrieved on Friday the dead bodies of two migrants off the coast of Samos island in the Aegean Sea after the sinking of a boat carrying undocumented immigrants from Turkey, according to local media.

Coast Guard officers have confirmed that a man and a woman lost their lives, while 13 persons -- 12 men and one woman -- were rescued.

The Coast Guard was alerted for the emergency by a yacht which was sailing in the area and it has not been clarified whether there were more people on board the boat which was not found.

Survivors gave conflicting reports on the total number of passengers with some claiming that they were approximately 30 people on board when the boat left Turkey's coasts.

Two helicopters and five speedboats are taking part in the rescue operation.

On May 5 this year two dozen migrants, among them several children, drowned off the coast of Samos in a similar tragedy.

Thousands of migrants seek to enter EU illegally via Greece each year and hundreds perish in the Aegean Sea.

and another:

Lifeboat saves fishermen after boat capsizes

The North Berwick Lifeboat crew. Picture: Paul Burke

A fishing boat capsized off North Berwick yesterday afternoon, sparking a major alert.

The town’s lifeboat was launched after two men were spotted in the water in the East Bay.

After a brief search of the area the crew of volunteers located one of the men who was holding on to a loose buoy and fuel can to keep him afloat.

The lifeboat picked him up and was told the second man had managed to swim ashore.

The fishermen had been winching up a lobster pot when it became stuck on the bottom. A wave then hit the boat, causing it to capsize and then sink within seconds, throwing them into the sea.

The two men, who had spent up to 20 minutes in the sea, were checked over by ambulance staff and treated for mild hypothermia before being allowed home.

Helmsman Niall Grant said: “The quick response from all involved, including the actions of two members of the public, helped create this positive outcome from what was potentially a very serious incident.”

Comment by Tracie Crespo on June 18, 2014 at 4:56pm

Boat Sinks Off Malaysian Coast, 66 Feared Drowned

KUALA LUMPUR — A wooden boat carrying 97 Indonesian migrants capsized and sank after leaving Malaysia's west coast as rescuers scrambled to try to save 66 people still missing, Malaysia's maritime agency said Wednesday.

The boat was believed to have sunk shortly after midnight while trying to leave Malaysia illegally, said the agency's official, who declined to be named because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

He said that the Indonesians, including women and children, were believed to be heading home ahead of the start of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan.

The Malaysian official said that 31 people have been rescued so far. A ship and several boats were searching for survivors and a helicopter will soon be dispatched, he said.

No reason was immediately given for the accident.

Tens of thousands of Indonesians work illegally in plantations and other industries in Malaysia. They sometimes risk dangerous boat journeys to return home.

— Associated Press



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