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 Howard on October 14, 2012 at 6:42am

This is extraordinary.  For such an event to occur, multiple collision avoidance precautions would need to have failed.

U.S. Navy Nuclear Submarine, Cruiser Collide Off Florida (Oct 13) -

Two Navy vessels collided this afternoon off the coast of northeastern Florida, there were no injuries aboard the submarine and cruiser involved in the collision.

According to a Navy statement the submarine USS Montpelier (SSN 765) and the Aegis cruiser USS San Jacinto (CG 56) collided at approximately 3:30 p.m. ET.

The statement adds that there were no injuries aboard either ship and that the submarine’s nuclear powered reactor “was unaffected by this collision.”

The incident is under investigation.

A Navy official says the two ships were participating in a “group sail” along with another vessel.  The three ships were participating in an anti-submarine exercise in preparation for an upcoming deployment as part of the strike group for the aircraft carrier USS Harry S Truman.

The Navy official says that at approximately 3:30 p.m. the bridge watch aboard the San Jacinto saw the submarine Montpelier rise to periscope depth about 100 to 200 yards ahead of them.  The bridge ordered an “all back,” but still collided with the sub.

According to the official, the initial assessment of damage is that there was a complete depressurization of the sonar dome aboard the San Jacinto. Located below the water line of surface warships, sonar domes provide the bulbous shape to the bows of warships.

After the collision the official said the submarine surfaced and communications were established between all the ships on the scene.

The carrier USS Harry S Truman is also there, available to provide assistance.

The two ships involved in the collision are both operating under their own power.

Collisions between Navy submarines and surface warships are rare.

In March, 2009 the submarine USS Hartford suffered severe damage to its Con tower after colliding with the amphibious transport ship USS New Orleans in the Strait of Hormuz.  The subsequent investigation found fault for the collision lay with the commanders aboard the submarine. Several officers and crew aboard the submarine were later disciplined for their roles.

Comment by Howard on August 13, 2012 at 9:27am

U.S. Destroyer Collides With Tanker in Persian Gulf (Aug 12) -

A U.S. navy guided missile destroyer was left with a gaping hole on one side after it collided with an oil tanker early Sunday just outside the strategic Strait of Hormuz.

The collision left a breach about three by three meters in the starboard side of USS Porter. No one was injured on either vessel, the U.S. navy said in a statement.

The collision with the Panamanian-flagged and Japanese-owned bulk oil tanker M/V Otowasan happened about 1 a.m. local time. Photos released by the navy showed workers standing amid twisted metal and other debris hanging down from the hole.

The cause of the incident is under investigation, the navy said, though the collision was not "combat related." There were no reports of spills or leakages from either the USS Porter or the Otowasan, the navy said.

Navy spokesman Greg Raelson said the destroyer now is in port in Jebel Ali, Dubai. "We're just happy there were no injuries," he said. "An investigation is under way."

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 13, 2012 at 3:02am

Nine people saved by two civilian vessels

— Nine people were rescued by two vessels after their boat capsized off the Port Aransas jetties Saturday, according to officials at the Coast Guard's Corpus Christi station.

A mariner reported the capsized craft to the Coast Guard around 6:15 p.m., Port Aransas Coast Guard officials said.

By the time the 45-foot response boat reached the overturned vessel, the Coast Guard said the nine people in the water already had been saved.

"We arrived on scene to find that the 18-foot pleasure craft had capsized and that two good Samaritan vessels had safely recovered the nine individuals that had been in the water," said Petty Officer 3rd Class Christopher Dominguez.

The Coast Guard escorted the two vessels back to the Port Aransas station.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 6, 2012 at 9:28pm Mangalore: Locals rescue 8 fishermen after 2 boats capsized.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 6, 2012 at 9:15am

Four fishermen survive boat capsize


Mangalore, August 5: Four fishermen, who set out from fishing harbor, here, in the early hours of Sunday, survived high rising waves after the traditional boat they sailed in, capsized off the South Wharf.


Unpredictably, the sea turned rough in the wake of strong wind near the mouth of estuary when fishermen was returning after a successful half-day fishing venture, sources said.


Fortunately, other fishermen, who caught a glimpse of the accident at sea, rescued and brought them to the coast.

It is learnt that when the boat reached near the mouth of estuary, it was hit by big waves that caused it to overturn and capsize.

While three fishermen started swimming following the incident another one managed to cling on some remains of the fishing boat until they were found by rescuers.

According to sources, owner of the boat, P T Siddiq from Hoige Bazzar in the city, suffered a loss of around Rs 3 lakh as the boat capsized along with the fish and other materials.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 3, 2012 at 6:11pm,-28-survive-as-f...

Wednesday, August 1. 2012

5 missing, 28 survive as fishing boat capsizes off Agusan del Norte

BUTUAN CITY (PNA) -- Five fishermen were missing while 28 others managed to survive when a fishing boat capsized off the coastal town of Tubay and City of Cabadbaran, all in Agusan del Norte province early dawn Wednesday.

Office of the Civil Defense Chief of Technical Services and Information Amado Mazo Posas of Caraga Region said the survivors were fishermen from Buenavista, Agusan del Norte.Their fishing boat capsized as they sailed off the coast of Tubay and Cabadbaran City.

In a mobile phone interview, Posas told PNA he is now coordinating with the Philippine Coast Guard in the monitoring of the search and rescue operations conducted by multi-agency teams from the Coast Guard, the PNP Maritime units, and the Cabadbaran City Search and Rescue team of the City Disaster Coordinating Council.

The OCD official said accounts from the survivors claimed that as they were sailing off the coast between Tubay and Cabadbaran City around 4 a.m. Monday morning August 1, strong winds and huge waves hit their fishing boat causing it to capsize.

The survivors claimed the incident was so sudden because when they left Buenavista town the weather was fine. Butuan City is now experiencing scorching heat of the sun.

According to Posas, the victims told him that when they are already at sea, a storm surge suddenly appeared coupled with strong winds and huge waves.

Posas said they are still in the process of identifying the those missing.

Posas said he also received reports that many fishing boats were also sailing at that time in the area where a storm surge suddenly appeared.

“We are now searching if there are other victims. We pray the initial reports that many boats capsized too were not all true,” Posas said as he appealed to families of other fishermen to report immediately to authorities if their family members went fishing and have not return yet.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 3, 2012 at 5:52pm

Five rescued after fishing boat capsizes 40 miles from Sitka

JUNEAU -- A 50-foot fishing vessel capsized and sank while pulling in loaded salmon nets but another nearby boat rescued all five of the stricken vessel's crew members, the Coast Guard reports.

Lt. Ryan Erickson says the Evening Star sank early Thursday about 40 miles northwest of Sitka. The boat went down in Slocum Arm in 300 feet of water with about 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel aboard. The fishing vessel Chickamene came to the rescue and took the Evening Star's crew to Sitka.

Erickson says the Coast Guard is working with the vessel owner to deal with pollution and salvage the boat if possible.

Inspectors saw a sheen in the area Thursday afternoon, prompting the Alaska Fish and Game Department to announce an emergency closure of an active salmon fishery.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 1, 2012 at 3:18am

SA Time: Wednesday, August 01, 2012 3:14:16 AM

Tourists rescued off capsized boat


File picture - Eleven German tourists were rescued by Durban lifeguards when their boat capsized off the city's popular Sun Coast Casino beach on Tuesday. Photo: Shayne Robinson

Durban - Eleven German tourists were rescued by Durban lifeguards when their boat capsized off the city's popular Sun Coast Casino beach on Tuesday.

Netcare 911 spokesman Chris Botha said the tourists were apparently on a whale-watching trip when their boat was hit by a wave and capsized.

They sustained minor injuries and shock and were taken to the St Augustine's Hospital, in Durban.

The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) helped skipper Ben van Rensburg recover the boat, said spokesman Craig Lambinon.

He said the exact cause of the capsize would be investigated by the SA Maritime Safety Authority.

Initially, municipal lifeguards pulled nine of the tourists ashore. The missing two were found under the boat which, according to Lambinon and Botha, was drifting dangerously close to the shore and could have crushed the pair had it beached.

Sun Coast Casino staff rushed to the beach and gave the shocked tourists blankets and refreshments. - Sapa

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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