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 April 2, 2016 at 1:29am

Boaters rescued after capsize during tornado warning in Terrebonne Parish, Sheriff's Office says

Published  5:42 PM CDT Apr 01, 2016

TERREBONNE PARISH, La. —Two boaters were rescued after their vessel capsized in Lake Junop on Friday during a tornado warning in Terrebonne Parish, the Sheriff's Office said.

About 1:30 p.m., the Sheriff's Office said it received a distress call from the two boaters.

The duo, both from the Dularge area, were aboard a 32-foot-long oyster fishing boat when a "tornado quickly approached them," according to the Sheriff's Office.

"The tornado caused their boat to flip and partially sink," the Sheriff's Office said in a news release. "Water patrol deputies responded to the call and quickly located the two adult males."

The men were found standing on top of the partially sunken vessel. They were both rescued and no injuries were reported.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on March 28, 2016 at 2:56am

Boat sinks in Albay; 1 dies, 104 survive

Legazpi City, Albay — A ferry boat carrying at least 105 people from this city to Rapu-Rapu Island sank in the sea in the afternoon of Black Saturday, killing the 90-year-old boat operator and prompting a swift rescue that saved the rest on board.

Legazpi, Albay (Photo courtesy of Google Maps)

Legazpi, Albay (Photo courtesy of Google Maps)

Police Officer 1 Noel Calmante said rescue boats from the Philippine Coast Guard based in this province and the Rapu-Rapu Municipal Police Station (MPS) were quick to come to the aid of the sinking “M/B St. Therese” at 2:29 p.m.

However, its boat operator – Teodolo Agarin – suffered an apparent heart attack and died while the boat was sinking.

“Ayon po sa aming initial investigation, may tumamang matigas sa may makina nung bangka at nabutas yung body nito at saka pinasok nung tubig (Based on our initial investigation, a hard object struck the engine and punctured a hole in the hull so the boat took in water),” Calmante said.

He said the boat was not overloaded since its capacity is for 150 passengers and it only had 93 passengers plus 12 crew members when it left the Port of Legazpi.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on March 28, 2016 at 2:15am

Rogue Wave Causes SFFD Training Boat To Capsize, Four Hospitalized

A San Francisco Fire Department training vessel, Rescue Boat 1, was overturned by a single rogue wave Saturday morning, throwing seven firefighters into the surf. As ABC 7 reports, the situation turned quickly scary despite the fact that the firefighters were all experienced swimmers, and four firefighters were taken to the hospital to be treated for hypothermia and minor injuries. One remained there overnight.

San Francisco Deputy Fire Chief Mark Gonzales says that conditions started out pretty calm for the 30-foot boat. "Conditions were calm, as I understand it. What I do understand there was a big wave that came up, what some might call a rogue wave came and flipped the boat," he tells the station.

According to KRON 4, "Good Samaritans in fishing boats rescued two firefighters," and "Two others were able to swim ashore and rescuers with the fire department helped the remaining three."

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on March 25, 2016 at 12:38am

Nearly 60 New York students treated after crew boats capsize

Thursday, March 24, 2016 6:41 am | Updated: 7:09 am, Thu Mar 24, 2016.

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (AP) — Emergency officials say nearly 60 high school students have been treated after their crew boats capsized in high winds on a frigid New York river.

The Poughkeepsie Journal reports the boats turned over around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday during a practice on the Hudson River near the city of Poughkeepsie, about 70 miles north of New York City.

Officials say 57 students were evaluated and provided warmth due to their exposure to the cold water. Five students were taken to a hospital.

Authorities say the calm river turned rough after winds picked up, causing several boats to capsize. Students were pulled from the river by coaches in nearby boats.

The incident happened during a practice involving multiple schools.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on March 19, 2016 at 8:48pm

*VIDEO RELEASE* Coast Guard saves 5 people after boat sinks 10 miles west of Crystal River, Fla.

Crewmembers from Coast Guard Station Yankeetown, Florida, rescued five people from the water after their boat sank 10 miles west of Crystal River, Florida, Saturday, May 9, 2015. The people were taken to Pete's Pier in Crystal River without any reported injuries. U.S. Coast Guard video. Also available in high definition.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Coast Guard rescued five people from the water after their 48-foot boat sank 10 miles west of Crystal River, Florida, Saturday night.

At 9:27 p.m. watchstanders from Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg received a call via VHF-FM radio channel 16 from a man stating his boat was taking on water with a total of five people aboard, all wearing life jackets.

A 27-foot Response Boat-Small from Coast Guard Station Yankeetown, Florida, and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew were launched.

At 10:05 p.m. watchstanders at the sector were notified that the vessel was sinking and all people aboard the boat were going into the water. Watchstanders directed the people to stay with the vessel and launch a handheld red flare when they saw rescue personnel.

At 10:27 p.m. the RB-S boatcrew arrived on scene, observed a single handheld flare, located the people and pulled them out of the water. The people were taken to Pete's Pier in Crystal River without any reported injuries.

The Jayhawk crew stayed on scene until all the people were recovered safely.

The owner is coordinating salvage plans.

"These people did everything right, in the midst of danger," said Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Wheatley, an operations specialist at the sector. "They had all the proper safety equipment including a marine radio, life jackets and flares, and they used them properly."

Comment by Scott on March 15, 2016 at 10:26pm

General cargo vessel sinks off Quanzhou (3/15/16)

A Chinese general cargo vessel, Shenzhou 33, capsized and sank near Quanzhou in Fujian yesterday in a severe storm.

The local maritime safety administration sent a rescue team and saved all crewmembers of the vessel who had managed to get into lifeboats.

Currently the authorities have informed the nearby vessels to avoid the wreckage site and started investigations into the incident.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on March 12, 2016 at 8:41pm

Rye man rescued off Hawaiian coast after fishing boat sinks

OAHU, Hawaii - A Rye man was rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard on Friday when the fishing boat he captained sank off the coast of Hawaii.

According to Seacoast Online, it is unknown why the boat, captained by Jon Hoag, of Rye, began to take on water Thursday.

The three men on board abandoned ship into a raft.

The Joint Rescue Coordination Center in Honolulu received an EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) alert at 7:53 p.m., Thursday. The men were rescued by a Coast Guard helicopter at 2:47 a.m. Friday and were transported to Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point on Oahu, Hawaii, at 4:16 a.m.

The men were treated for mild hypothermia and taken to Queen's Medical Center - West Oahu.

Kenton Geer, owner of the vessel, said, "Jon Hoag is the very reason that everyone is alive. Jon is a hell of a captain and I think it's fair to say that all of us at the vicious cycle family owe him a giant debt of gratitude.”

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on March 12, 2016 at 4:16am

Corpus Christi, TX

Posted: Mar 11, 2016 11:07 AM EST Updated: Mar 11, 2016 6:34 PM EST

Search crews find bodies of father, daughter, after boat capsizes.

On Sunday, a boat carrying eight people, including three children, were on board the boat when it capsized in the Corpus Christi Bay

Six people were rescued, five of them were taken to the hospital.

Patrick Watson, one of the children transported to the hospital, passed away at the hospital.

The family has been searching for their loved ones since Sunday.  On Wednesday, the Coast Guard notified family that they have suspended the search for the father and daughter.

The family made a plea to the public for help searching for their family members, more than a dozen volunteers showed up.

Texas Equusearch started helping with the search on Wednesday.

 "Wonderful family going through the very worst time of their life, if I can bring a little bit of comfort and let them know that somebody cared, I was there to do that," said Tim Miller, Founder of Equusearch. 

The family said they would not return to Mexico until both father and daughter were found.


Corpus Christi police say the bodies of a man and teenage girl recovered Friday have been identified by the family as 35-year-old Mario Leon and his daughter, 13-year-old Odry.

Mario was found around nine Friday morning by Texas Equusearch near on oil platform. 

"It was very hard, especially taking him out of the water, putting him on the boat. I am just glad that the family finally has closure," said Henri Garcia. 

Odry's body was found a few hours later by the Corpus Christi Marina patrol, she was found less than a half-mile from where Mario was found earlier.

 "They were together all the time, we knew that but now we know for sure that they were together all the time," said Karla Medina.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on March 11, 2016 at 5:58am

Boat capsizes and sinks in Dartmouth

Thursday, 10 March 2016

  • The St Christophe I lies submerged in Dartmouth harbour.

A FRENCH fishing vessel capsized and sank after seeking shelter in Dartmouth harbour late on Wednesday night.

Dart Harbour Master Rob Giles said a multi agency response was put together to try and save the vessel, St Christophe I, but to no avail.

All five of the crew, all French nationals, are safe and unhurt.

A safety boom has been rigged around the vessel which lies on her starboard side on the sea bed next to her berth at South Embankment.

Capt Giles said the vessel had a considerable amount of diesel fuel on board – between 10 – 15,000 litres - and the most the most pressing concern now was removing fuel from the boat.

She has also become a hazard to navigation and Capt Giles said DHNA was working to have the vessel removed as soon as possible in partnership with the owners and their insurers.

He said the causes of the capsize and sinking were unknown and an investigation would be held into the matter.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on March 9, 2016 at 4:20am

Fishermen Rescued from Sinking Boat off Galveston

Posted by Eric Haun
Tuesday, March 08, 2016, 10:44 AM
File A shrimp boat is grounded on South Galveston Jetty after three fisherman aboard were rescued by the Coast Guard. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Air Station Houston)
A shrimp boat is grounded on South Galveston Jetty after three fisherman aboard were rescued by the Coast Guard. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Air Station Houston)

Three fishermen rescued from sinking boat off Galveston South Jetty

A U.S. Coast Guard boat crew rescued three fisherman after their boat began sinking early Sunday morning near the jetty off Galveston.
Crewmembers of the shrimp boat Jana Lynn called Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders via VHF-FM channel 16 at around 3 a.m., reporting their boat was taking on water. 
Watchstanders launched a Station Galveston 45-foot response boat crew, who quickly retrieved the men before the situation got worse. They reported that their dewatering pumps lost power and they maneuvered the boat on the jetty to keep it from sinking.
Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Texas City pollution responders continue monitoring the situation and have seen no sign of leakage from the 3,000 gallons of marine diesel aboard the boat. Contractors are scheduled to attempt salvage operations as soon as weather permits, which may be Thursday or later.

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