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 October 13, 2015 at 10:14pm

One dead after fishing boat capsizes near Farallon Islands

One man died and two others survived when the fishing boat they were on capsized near the Farallon Islands off the coast of San Francisco on Saturday, police said.
San Francisco police said the boat with three people on board capsized just off of the Farallon Islands, located roughly 30 miles outside the Golden Gate Bridge.
The incident was reported around 12:30 p.m. Saturday, police said.
When emergency crews arrived at the scene they found one man deceased, one injured and a third who was uninjured.
The Marin County coroner's office is handling the autopsy and was not immediately releasing the victim's identity Tuesday morning.
The two men who survived the capsizing are in their mid 50s and early 60s, police said.
The man in his 60s was transported to Marin General Hospital with injuries that are not considered life-threatening.
Authorities are investigating what caused the boat to capsize and exactly how the man died.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on October 10, 2015 at 6:34am

Massive shipload of cattle sinks in piranha-infested Amazon

A Lebanese-flagged ship carrying 5,000 cows sank in the Amazon River this week, spilling 700 tons of diesel fuel into the hemisphere’s longest waterway.

The “Haidar” sank on Tuesday near the Brazilian city of Belem, on the mouth of the Amazon. Brazilian officials are working around the clock to contain a 2 mile long slick of diesel that’s making its way to the Atlantic Ocean.

The cause of the wreck is still unknown. A cellphone video shows the boat capsizing in front of a local port.

Local residents managed to save some of the boat’s bovine cargo, but most of the cows reportedly drowned in the flooded hull of the ship. Others managed to swim out of the boat, but were dragged down by the current of the piranha-infested waters.

Environmental authorities are collecting and burning hundreds of cattle carcasses that have washed up on shore down river, according to Brazilian website UOL.

The Haidar’s tragedy is not only a Brazilian problem. The large load of cattle, owned by Brazilian beef company Minerva, was headed to Venezuela, a country that has been struggling with food shortages -and long lines at supermarkets- for months.

With price controls, expropriations and economic mismanagement decimating Venezuela’s local cattle industry, the South American country has become increasingly dependent on food imports and gets much of its beef from Brazil.

Venezuelan cattle ranchers estimate that the sunken load was worth around $50 million, but the losses should be covered by the shipping company, according to Minerva.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on October 10, 2015 at 5:15am

12 missing after boat sinks in Bohai Sea

10-09-2015 11:00 BJT

Four people were rescued and another twelve are missing after a fishing boat sank off the coast of Tangshan in north China's Hebei Province.

A local maritime search and rescue center said the boat sank at about 2am in the Bohai Sea. There were 16 people on board. The cause of the accident is being investigated, and rescue work is under way.

Local authorities have mobilized about 80 rescue ships and 6 helicopters to search the area of more than 600 square kilometres, but strong sea winds are adding extra difficulties to the rescue operation.

"Today, we are expanding the maritime search and rescue. Here is where the boat capsized. Inside here is the scope of our maritime search with rescue ships reaching as far as 528 square kilometres. Outside this area, up to 686 square kilometres will be searched by helicopter," said Wang Xiaolei, Maritime Search and Rescue Center of Tangshan

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on October 9, 2015 at 7:02am

Two people dead after boat capsizes near Warrnambool

October 9, 2015 - 12:43PM

Two people have died after their boat capsized near Warrnambool in Victoria's south west on Friday morning.

The 18-foot boat capsized near the Warrnambool breakwater nearly 150 metres offshore, The Warrnambool Standard reported.

Witnesses on the shore saw the boat capsize in rough seas about 10am and raised the alarm.

Comment by Ryan X on October 5, 2015 at 3:39pm

El Faro, Cargo Ship Carrying 28 Americans, Believed to Have Sunk

Authorities believe a cargo ship missing since Thursday with 33 crewmen aboard was lost at sea and believed to have sunk in the teeth of Hurricane Joaquin, NBC News has learned.

The U.S. Coast Guard will announce the developments at a 10 a.m. ET news conference Monday. The families of the crew, including 28 Americans, have been notified.

Over the weekend, a 225-square-mile "debris field" was discovered by crews looking for signs of a cargo ship.

The Coast Guard said it had scoured 70,000 square nautical miles of the Atlantic as the search resumed at daybreak Monday.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on October 3, 2015 at 7:31am

USCG Mobilizes After Cargo Ship Sinks Off Haiti


The U.S. Coast Guard responded to a report of a cargo ship with 12 crew members aboard reportedly sinking, 51 nautical miles northwest of Haiti, Thursday night.

The 212-foot cargo ship reportedly started sinking earlier in the evening due to the severe weather conditions from Hurricane Joaquin.

Coast Guard 7th District Command Center watchstanders received a relay message from Her Majesty’s Coast Guard after they received an Inmarsat satellite message stating the Bolivian-flagged cargo ship Minouche, listing 30 degrees to port and all 12 crew members aboard were making preparations to abandon ship.

The Coast Guard immediately diverted the Coast Guard Cutter Northland and launched a helicopter crew forward deployed in Great Inagua, Bahamas.

A good Samaritan vessel and member of the Automated Mutual Assistance Vessel Rescue System, commonly referred to as AMVER, has also been diverted to the vessels last known position.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on October 3, 2015 at 6:48am

Officials: 2 die, 3 in hospital after boat capsizes in Jamaica Bay

Updated October 3, 2015 12:35 AM

Two people have died after being rescued from the choppy waters of Jamaica Bay on Friday night when their boat capsized off Floyd Bennett Field in southeast Brooklyn, police said.

Five people were rescued, and the two who died had been taken to Beth Israel Medical Center in critical condition after being pulled from the water, an NYPD spokesman said.

An FDNY spokesman said three others were taken to Coney Island Hospital in stable condition after first responders combed the marshy shoreline and marine units searched the bay looking for the five who went overboard.

The fire department received the call at 7:45 p.m., the spokesman said. All those who were rescued suffered varying degrees of hypothermia, and other injuries -- some were found on land and some were plucked from the water.

Further details about the victims, the type of boat involved and what caused it to capsize were not immediately known, the spokesman said.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 29, 2015 at 9:25am

Kleinmond, 10 dead

A search operation has been launched after a ship sank with 21 crew members last night.

The South African Airforce has joined a search operation after a fishing vessel sank near Kleinmond. Picture:
Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 29, 2015 at 6:56am

Mon Sep 28, 2015 6:33PM

Dozens of people are feared drowned after an overcrowded riverboat carrying about 200 people capsized in India’s northeastern state of Assam. 

Local Indian police officials said the motorized boat sank on the Kolohi River near Assam state capital Gauhati on Monday.

Sources say the boat sank after its engine failed to function in the middle of the river and hit against the post of a bridge on the river.  

Due to recent monsoon rains, Kolohi river is swollen and is flowing faster than usual.

Most passengers reportedly swam to safety or were rescued by local residents. 

The rescue operation by local rescuers and Indian security forces was hampered by nightfall and would be resumed on Tuesday morning.

Meanwhile, regional police officer Lankeshwar Sarma said, "Many swam to safety or were rescued, but between 20 to 30 people are still missing hours after the accident." 

Some survivors said there were approximately two dozen people below deck when the boat overturned.

Accidents are common on rivers across India where boats are often overloaded and lax safety standards. In 2012, 108 people died after a ferry capsized during a storm in Assam.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 13, 2015 at 6:52pm

Four Infants, 10 Children Killed As Refugee Boat Sinks Off Greek Coast, Killing 34 Total

September 13 2015 12:00 PM EDT

Update: Greece's coast guard has reported there were 34 fatalities among the refugees aboard the boat that sank in the Aegean Sea Sunday, according to Reuters. The dead included four babies, six boys and five girls, the coast guard said.

The boat, which was ferrying 112 people to Greece, sank about three miles off the coast of Farmakonisi, an island in the Aegean Sea, according to the Athens News Agency. Four infants and 10 children were among those who drowned in the aftermath. The death toll is thought to be the largest recorded from a single incident in Greek waters since the recent refugee crisis began, Reuters reported.

Coast guard officers said they rescued 68 others from the capsized boat while 29 swam to shore on their own, according to Agence France-Presse. The coast guard is still searching for four refugee children who went missing in a separate boat sinking Saturday.

News of Sunday’s tragedy came shortly after Greece’s interim prime minister, Vassiliki Thanou, lobbied for a more robust European policy for the refugee influx and defended Greece against criticism of its handling of the crisis.

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