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 10, 2018 at 3:02am

Coast Guard searching for 17 missing after Batangas marine accident

Published April 9, 2018 1:53pm

The Philippine Coast Guard on Monday said it is searching for 17 crew of a landing craft that went adrift south of the capital, Manila, one of three weekend accidents at sea, its spokesman said.

Sea accidents are frequent in the Philippines, comprised of more than 7,000 islands, with lax regulations, ageing marine vessels and strong waves all contributing.

"Seventeen crew are missing and we are still looking for them," said Captain Armand Balilo, adding that the craft lost power near Fortune Island, a tourist spot in Batangas province.

Elsewhere, authorities on Sunday rescued all 14 boat passengers, mostly tourists, on the holiday island of Palawan and 19 people from a boat in the southeastern province of Camarines Norte, after both crafts capsized in strong waves, the coast guard said.

In December, the Philippines' coast guard rescued 252 passengers and crew, including an Australian and his Filipino wife, and retrieved five bodies from a ferry capsize in bad weather.  Reuters

Comment by jorge namour on April 9, 2018 at 1:11am

Ship that crashed into Istanbul waterfront mansion moored in Marmara Sea

April 08 2018


A cargo vessel that crashed into a waterside mansion on the Bosphorus on April 7 has been moored in the Marmara Sea for investigation, with the owners of the mansion demanding proper prosecution against those in charge of maritime traffic.

“The ship that was involved in the accident has been routed to the Ahırkapı anchor point. There were no casualties or marine pollution caused by the incident. It was caused by an abrupt halt of the main engine,” said the Istanbul Governor’s Office in a statement on April 7.

The Maltese-flagged Vitaspirit, a 225-meter (740 foot) vessel en route from Russia to Saudi Arabia, was guided by a harbor pilot, it said.

The building’s roof and upper floors collapsed and television pictures showed the basement slumping into the water.

“It was like a horror film. Nobody understood what was going on. The ship, as tall as the building, had already ploughed before we went downstairs to the garden,” said Aslı Zeynep Ertürer, one of the members of the family that owns the mansion.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on April 2, 2018 at 7:56pm

More than 70 divers swim to coast off Fethiye after boat sinks

At least 79 people, including 71 students and eight crew members, onboard a boat off the Fethiye district of Turkey’s southwestern province of Muğla managed to swim to the nearest coast to be rescued after their boat sank, daily Hürriyet reported on April 2.

“According to initial findings, the reason the boat sank was bad weather. There are no reports of casualties or injuries,” said Fethiye Governor Muzaffer Şahiner.

The divers reportedly included students from a student association at Sabancı University in Istanbul, who were in Fethiye as part of a diving event that has become a tradition. The event was supposed to last for four days.

“After the boat sank, those onboard reached the nearest coast, but because big boats could not reach it, they are being evacuated into small boats in groups,” Şahiner said.

Students and crew members managed to swim and climb to a two-meter-high rocky place. The Coast Guard and the Turkish Naval Forces Command rescued all 79 people onboard.

Coast guard boats escorted by two torpedo boats and a helicopter of the Turkish Naval Forces Command rushed to the Gemiler Bay near the village of Kayaköy to rescue the divers.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on April 2, 2018 at 7:47pm

Coast Guard rescues 4 from capsized boat near Tillamook Bay

There are four people on the boat, according to the Coast Guard.
Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on April 2, 2018 at 7:38pm

At Least 4 Reported Dead as Migrant Boat Capsizes Off Spanish Coast

MADRID (Sputnik) - At least four undocumented migrants have died as a result of a boat capsizing off the Spanish coast, while the rescuers are searching for seven more people, the Spanish Maritime Safety and Rescue Society (SASEMAR) said Sunday.

According to the SASEMAR, the rescuers have found a boat Strait of Gibraltar with one person and two bodies and later found two more dead migrants.

The survivor told the rescuers that there were a total of 12 people in the boat, the rescue society added.

The world has been seriously influenced by a large-scale migration crisis in recent years and Europe is one of the most affected regions of the world.

The European Union is currently struggling with a massive influx of migrants as hundreds of thousands of people are fleeing conflict-torn countries in the Middle East and North Africa and heading for Europe in hopes of a better life there.

According to the  International Organization for Migration (IOM) figures, 120 migrants died near the Spanish coast, while about 3,000 people managed to reach the European state.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on March 21, 2018 at 5:34pm

One dead, 14 missing in Malaysia sand dredger capsize

AFP  |  Kuala Lumpur  Last Updated at March 21, 2018 14:00 IST

One crew member was killed and 14 others, most of them Chinese, were missing today after a sand- vessel capsized off Malaysia, with some believed trapped alive inside the sunken hull.

The coastguard said authorities in the southern state of were alerted at 8:50 am that the vessel, the JBB Rong Chang 8, had sank.

Two boats were sent to the scene and found one Chinese national dead and three others alive, the coastguard said.

A search is continuing for the 14 sailors --12 Chinese, one Indonesian and one Malaysian -- still missing, said a coastguard statement.

Sanifah Yusof, a senior coastguard official, told AFP that divers searching for the missing crew believed some could still be alive inside the overturned boat.

"We believe there are some crew trapped in the ship. The divers knocked on the body of the ship and got a response," he told AFP.

It was not clear what caused the accident in district. The weather in the area was fine.

sand from coastal areas is a booming and lucrative business. The sand is shipped to wealthy land-scarce areas such as for reclamation and construction work.

But environmentalists have long argued that the practice damages local communities and ecosystems.

Last year two foreign vessels manned by Chinese crew were seized off for allegedly conducting illegal sand-

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 28, 2018 at 3:16am

Woman drowns after tourist boat capsizes off Koh Rong

Publication date 27 February 2018 | 18:08 ICT

The dock near which a 39-year-old Cambodian woman drowned yesterday after a tourist boat capsized off the coast of Koh Rong island. Photo supplied

A small tourist boat capsized a short distance off the coast of Koh Rong island yesterday, killing a 39-year-old Cambodian woman who drowned about 20 metres from the dock, authorities said.

Strong waves overturned the boat carrying 13 passengers, including 39-year-old Hem Lom, of Ratanakiri province’s Lumphat district, who drowned, said Security Director of Koh Rong island military police Loek Nan.

“The boat was about to capsize and suddenly, the victim, wearing no life jacket, slid into the water and the wave hit her,” Nan said.

Koh Rong commune chief Seng Huorleang attributed the capsizing of the boat to a “natural storm” and the “carelessness of the victim,” not the boat operator. The owner of the boat, Van Lykong, could not be reached for comment yesterday.

Tang Sochet Kroesna, the head of tourist department of Preah Sihanouk province, urged boat operators and tourists to pay attention to safety.

“Travellers should prioritize their personal safety by demanding the boat owner to offer them life jackets, and they have to wear life jackets properly before setting off for islands,” he said.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 9, 2018 at 6:05am

Boat traveling to Camotes capsizes; 2 die, 3 missing
Tuesday, February 06, 2018
CEBU CITY (Updated) -- Two passengers died, three went missing, while 29 others were rescued when a motorized banca traveling from Carmen town to Camotes Island capsized in the middle of their journey at 9 a.m. Tuesday, February 6. The Cebu Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) identified the fatalities as two-year-old Althea Gonzaga and Neriza Gonzaga, 30 to 40 years old. Petty Officer 3 Richard Mangubat of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG)-Camotes Island detachment said they are still searching for the three missing passengers -- Carel Palomar, 9; Andie de Leon, 2; and Kiven Gonzaga, 4 -- as of Tuesday afternoon. Mangubat said that MBC Habagat Romeo, carrying 34 passengers, left Carmen at 7 a.m. and was supposed to arrive at San Francisco town in Camotes Island at 11 a.m. But the vessel reportedly encountered problem at 9 a.m. and huge waves, brought about by northeast (amihan) winds, caused the boat to capsize, Mangubat said
Majority of the passengers were reportedly going to San Francisco town to attend a fiesta in Barangay Sunog. Luckily, some of the passengers were rescued after a vessel owned by Lite Shipping Inc. passed by the area.
Mangubat said that Hermosilla, the boat's captain, reportedly defied PCG's advice not to sail due to strong waves. “Wala gyud sila mananghid nga mubyahe sila (They did not ask for permission to sail),” Mangubat added. At 9 p.m. Tuesday, the survivors and the bodies of the two dead passengers arrived at Ouano Wharf in Mandaue City on a Coast Guard Cebu patrol vessel. PCG Cebu Commander Jerome Cayabyab said they will require Hermosilla to file a marine protest and they will also secure testimonies from the survivors. Julius Regner, PDRRMO information officer, said that Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III has instructed them to assist the survivors and the families of those who died. They are also coordinating with the local disaster office in San Francisco.
Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 12, 2018 at 5:47am

Boat Sinks In Caribbean Sea, Four Dead, 28 Missing-

A search has been launched in Caribbean waters after a boat filled with Venezuelans capsized near the Dutch island of Curaçao.

The Venezuelan authorities said a boat carrying 34 people has capsized killing four people and another 28 have been reported missing.

Regional Civil Protection director Jose Montano said the boat departed Venezuela for the Dutch Caribbean island on Tuesday.

According to Reuters, police and relatives of the surviving passengers confirmed the boat had been trying to reach the city of Willemstad in Curaçao, despite a travel ban imposed by the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

The incident comes amid heightened tensions after Maduro ordered a trade blockade with Curaçao, Aruba and Bonaire on Friday.

Venezuelan authorities allege the smuggling of products out of Venezuela to neighbouring countries is one of the causes of the severe shortage of food and other basic products that the South American country has been facing for several years.

Comment by KM on January 7, 2018 at 1:19pm

32 people missing after oil tanker & cargo ship collide off Chinese coast

32 people missing after oil tanker & cargo ship collide off Chinese coast

The collision between the Panama-registered oil tanker "SANCHI" and Hong Kong freighter "CF CRYSTAL" happened at around 8:00pm local time Saturday, 160 nautical miles east of the mouth of the Yangtze River, Xinhua reports citing the Chinese Ministry of Transport. The accident caused a massive fire onboard the "SANCHI," forcing the tanker to tilt to the right. Thirty-two sailors from the Panamian vessel remain missing, including 30 Iranians and two Bangladeshis.

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Search and rescue operation under way as 32 went missing after two vessels collided off the east coast of China; A Panama registered oil tanker is on fire

The "CF CRYSTAL" was also damaged in the collision, but its crew of 21 is safe after being rescued by East China Sea patrol boats that were dispatched to the scene.

The emergency operation is continuing Sunday morning. Several maritime police vessels, two rescue boats and three professional cleaning ships were dispatched to the area. The Shanghai Fire Department has sent experts to help battle the flames, and the South Korean Marine Police Agency deployed a marine police ship and a fixed-wing aircraft to help with the search and rescue effort.

The 274 meter long "SANCHI" tanker was hired by an Iranian company to deliver 136,000 tons of fuel to South Korea, according to information provided by Xinhua. The 225 meter "CF CRYSTAL" was carrying 64,000 tons of grain from the United States, en route to the Guangdong Province in China when the collision occurred.

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