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.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2011/07/fishing-boat-sinks-sa...

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Comment by Howard on May 1, 2012 at 12:24am

Update: "In one of the worst boat tragedies in Assam, 103 people, including women and children, drowned and over 100 went missing."  Source

River Ferry in India Breaks in Two, Capsizes (April 30) -

A packed ferry boat capsized in remote northeastern India late Monday, leaving at least 35 people dead and 165 others feared missing, police said.

Assam state police chief J.N. Choudhury said the boat was carrying about 350 passengers and broke into two pieces. About 150 people who were travelling on the top level were rescued or swam to safety, he said.

Details were sketchy because bad weather and the remoteness of the area hampered communication.

Choudhury said the accident occurred on the Brahmaputra river near Fakiragram in west Dhubri district. The area is about 350 kilometres west of the state capital, Gauhati, and close to where the river enters Bangladesh. He said officials in that country had been contacted for help.

The area is dotted with riverside settlements and small islands, and boats are the most common mode of transport.

Mohan Lal, a senior officer with the Border Security Force, said 35 troops were at the accident site on boats and were using hand-held searchlights. He said a team of federal rescue workers was also on its way.

Lal said troops had located the upturned and broken pieces of the boat but were unable to lift them without a crane.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh issued a statement expressing shock and grief at the loss of life.

Comment by Howard on April 4, 2012 at 7:55pm

Boat Encounters Huge Waves on Lake Mainit in Philippines, Sinks -

"An elderly woman was killed on Tuesday after a boat with 28 resort guests on board capsized off Agusan del Norte."

"Philippine Coast Guard spokesperson Lt. Col. Algier Ricafrente said the boat encountered huge waves, which damaged its outrigger and caused it to capsize and sink." 

"Lake Mainit is the fourth largest and the deepest lake in the Philippines with maximum depth reaching 223 meters. It is located in northeastern Mindanao and straddles the provinces of Surigao del Norte and Agusan del Norte."

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Comment by jorge namour on March 13, 2012 at 6:11pm

US Coast Guard Responds to Vessel Collision on the Caribbean Sea Mar. 12, 2012 20:30

WASHINGTON -- The Coast Guard was called to respond to a vessel collision on the Caribbean Sea on Saturday. The collision took place on Saturday morning between the 492-foot Liberia-flagged motor vessel Timor Stream and the 557-foot United Kingdom-flagged motor vessel Seagate about 60 miles northeast of Haiti's Isle de Tortue. According to reports, the Seagate had 21 crewmen on board when it started to take in water. Eighteen of them boarded life rafts while the three others remained on board to assess the damage. Out of the 18 crew members on the life rafts, 17 were rescued by the motor vessel Timor Stream, and one was rescued by a motor yacht named Battered Bull. All crew members are accounted for and there were no reports of injuries. The Seagate's captain confirmed that the vessel is stable and there is only minimal water in the engine room. However, the collision punctured one of the fuel tanks, with a potential release of about 4,000 gallons of lube oil. The Timor Stream has an unknown number of crewmen aboard, and it was confirmed that the ship only sustained minimal damage. The crew added that the ship is structurally sound and it will remain in the area until released by the Coast Guard. The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Venturous arrived on scene and took on the role of on-scene commander. The Venturous is homeported in Florida, with Cmdr. Troy Hosmer as the commanding officer.

http://www.ubalert.com/a/85872
http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/site/?pageid=event_desc&edis_id=VI...

Comment by Andrey Eroshin on February 18, 2012 at 2:23pm

17.02.12. Fast Ferry Maverick Dos ran aground between Ibiza and Formentera
Another accident due to human error: The Maverick Dos fast ferry ran aground in the Balearic Islands last night at 7.55pm as it transported 21 passengers from Ibiza to Formentera. Captain Luis GascУГn made sure all of his passengers and six crew members were evacuated to safety by coastguards before he would leave the ferry himself.

http://www.seanews.com.tr/article/ACCIDENTS/75438/Captain-Luis-Gasc...

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 4, 2012 at 7:38pm

New ZetaTalk

Reply by Nancy Lieder 7 hours ago The ship in the video was apparently split in half by an explosion, would it have been something else like a sudden rise in sea level? Would the Zetas be able to comment?
 [and from another]
Five killed as explosion tears ship apart off Korean coast
January 15, 2012
http://rt.com/news/explosion-killed-korea-vessel-813/
A 4191-tonne freight vessel carrying oil exploded on Sunday morning in the Yellow Sea off South Korea’s port city of Incheon. Five crew members of the total of 11 Koreans and five Burmese have been killed, while six others are missing. According to South Korean Coast Guard, the incident happened three miles north of Jawol Island around 8 am.



SOZT
At 8:00 am in South Korea, the Sun is high over the Pacific, just the location for the strong polar push of the wobble, sending the emerging magnetic N Pole of Earth back over the horizon. This is the time when the globe is shoved NORTH in the Pacific Rim, which would indeed cause the undersea landscape just 3 miles north of Jawol Island to shove under and tear apart the oil tanker. This is of course the same global push that occurred in Italy to the Contra Concordia, when the undersea landscape moved suddenly SOUTH on that side of the globe to gash its side, late in the evening. On opposite sides of the globe, on opposite sides of the clock, both victims of the same global wobble.
EOZT

Comment by KM on February 1, 2012 at 3:05am

http://rt.com/news/explosion-killed-korea-vessel-813/

Five killed as explosion tears ship apart off Korean coast

A 4191-tonne freight vessel carrying oil exploded on Sunday morning in the Yellow Sea off South Korea’s port city of Incheon. Five crew members of the total of 11 Koreans and five Burmese have been killed, while six others are missing.

­According to South Korean Coast Guard, the incident happened three miles north of Jawol Island around 8 am. Five people were rescued from the vessel. The Coast Guard has dispatched patrol and rescue boats to search for those missing.

The immediate cause of the explosion is not yet known.

The vessel exploded after leaving the port of Incheon en route to another port, Daesan, in South Korea’s South Chungcheong Province.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 31, 2012 at 2:25pm

http://www.thisissouthdevon.co.uk/Freak-wave-causes-fishing-boat-ca...

Freak wave causes fishing boat to capsize as crew attempts harbour entrance

Five fishermen were plucked to safety yesterday from the hull of their boat after it was capsized by a large wave off the Westcountry coast.

The Girl Rona was returning to her home port of Teignmouth when she was swamped close to the harbour entrance.

Despite the impact, which rolled the vessel on to a well-known shingle bar, the crew were able to scramble clear and cling on to the hull of the 15-metre (49ft) vessel.

Brixham coastguards received numerous 999 calls from members of the public who saw the accident unfold.

The RNLI lifeboat from Teignmouth was alerted just after 1.30pm and was quickly at the scene, some 500 yards away.

Tony Watson, spokesman for the lifeboat station, said: "She was coming down the main channel in to the harbour and was hit by a big wave and overturned.

"She didn't sink but is resting on her side.

"They managed to climb up on top of the boat but still got a bit of a soaking.

"There was a fair sea running and it was not a simple job. Some debris is being washed off the boat and is being swept ashore – there is a whiff of diesel in the air."

The boat's crew were rushed back to the harbour where they were checked over by paramedics. Nobody was injured in the incident.

Jim Portus, chief executive of the South West Fish Producer's Organisation, said Teignmouth could be a difficult port to navigate.

"I have lived in and around Newton Abbot for 30 years and I have known a number of mariners from Teignmouth over the years," he said. "It is a tricky approach.

"A number of merchant ships have gone aground there while coming in and out of Teignmouth.

"I am certain that this was just one of those things because the shingle bank there moves, particularly in the winter months, and you don't always know the exact position of it.

"Obviously you have to keep your wits about you and hope that there hasn't been a major shift in the last 24 hours."

He added: "From a mariner's point of view the entrance and exit from any harbour is always the most tricky of operations.

"Teignmouth is not the worst entrance in the Westcountry and it is certainly not the easiest.

"We're very grateful for all concerned that there was no loss of life and hope that she's salvaged quickly and put back into service quickly."

As darkness fell last night, and the tide rose, a salvage operation was under way to free the vessel.

Teignmouth harbourmaster Captain David Platt said: "The lifeboat has gone out with the skipper and some of the crew to see if we can get the fish hold open to lighten her load.

"Having done that, we'll see if we can get a line on her and hopefully pull her upright."

Teignmouth coastguard rescue team was coordinating efforts ashore and helping to collect any debris.

Comment by bill on January 21, 2012 at 10:03pm

Passenger boat sinks off Iran, 15 missing: report

TEHRAN (Reuters) - A passenger ship carrying 22 people sank off the Iranian coast near the port of Bandar Abbas Saturday, the official IRNA news agency reported.

The report did not give the cause of the incident but said so far only seven people had been rescued.

Local ports official, Ali Akbar Safaie, said the boat was travelling from the Island of Hormuz to Bandar Abbas. Rescue efforts were continuing, he said.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 21, 2012 at 5:31am

Bridge Inspection Boat Capsizes in North Chelmsford

The boat was in the Merrimack River headed to Tyngsborough to do a bridge inspection.

For passers-by in North Chelmsford this morning, the scene on the Merrimack looked slightly similar the scene of the fatal cruise ship accident in Italy after a boat contracted by the state to perform a bridge inspection bridge capsized.

Officials got the call about the Harcon Corp.  boat early Thursday morning as it was drifting to the waters near the North Chelmsford railroad tracks. The boat was headed out to inspect a Tyngsborough bridge.

Chelmsford Fire Department responded to the incident, which reportedly happened when the company backed the boat onto a boat ramp and a holding chain snapped. The boat floated into the water, flipped, and made its way to the waters near Brickhouse Pizza.

During bridge inspections, the boat allows inspectors to be lifted up closer to the bridge to examine its structure and determine if it is safe.

Nobody was hurt.

http://chelmsford.patch.com/articles/bridge-inspection-boat-capsize...

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 19, 2012 at 3:46pm

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