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 July 25, 2017 at 6:50pm

Speed boat sinks in central Indonesia

A speedboat carrying about 47 people capsized in waters off North Kalimantan province in central Indonesia on Tuesday.

 Rejeki Baru speed boat, heading to Tanjung Selor of Bulungan district, sank after sailing 1 km off the coast of Pelabuhan Tengkayu of Tarakan town, spokesman of the national search and rescue office Marsudi said.

"Our personnel are undertaking a search and rescue operation for the victims of the incident," he told reporter.

Rescuers from the navy and water police also took part in the rescue operation.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 21, 2017 at 10:15am

Close shave for 10 tourists, 2 crew members as boat sinks off T'ganu

MARANG: A fishing vessel carrying ten tourists and two crew members sank three nautical miles off Pulau Kapas here last night.

It was a nightmare for the tourists, who were on a squid-jigging expedition, when the 10.5-metre fishing boat developed mechanical failure and water began to gush in, causing to vessel to sink within minutes.

Thankfully, a tekong and six crew members of a fishing vessel nearby managed to save all the passengers just before their boat disappeared beneath the surface of the South China Sea in the 8pm incident.

The survivors were later sent to the Pulau Kapas jetty.

It is learnt that a faulty water pump inside the vessel’s engine room had contributed to the mishap, while choppy waters had facilitated the sinking.

Tekong Mohd Azam Ghazali said he saw a man bailing out water from the ill-fated boat, but did not sense anything amiss.

"Shortly after that, the boatman sent out a distress signal. I quickly manoeuvred my vessel in its direction and saw that the rear portion of the boat was already filled with water.

"As my boat was near enough, all the tourists and two crew members quickly jumped onto my vessel and within minutes, the stern of the crippled boat began to sink. The bow lifted vertically before the whole vessel sank into the water.

"The sea was very choppy during the time of the incident," he said.

It is learnt that all the tourists left the island and Marang this morning.

Meanwhile, State Fisheries director Zawawi Ali said he has ordered a full investigation into the incident.

He said safety is of primary concern and he wants to ensure that the boat owner had adhered to all safety measures, including regular maintenance.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 21, 2017 at 6:37am

Taiwanese tourist drowns in boat capsize in Philippines

2017/07/21 11:22:02

Manila, July 21 (CNA) A 63-year-old Taiwanese woman died when a boat capsized in Cebu in the central Philippines during bad weather, while a child in her group suffered pleural effusion, local police said Friday.

The woman, surnamed Chen (陳), was trapped under the boat after it capsized near a resort on Bantayin Island on July 19, according to the police.

All the other 11 Taiwanese tourists on the boat were safe, and the child with pleural effusion is in stable condition, the police said.

The boat was operating in gusting wind and heavy rainfall, the police said, adding that further investigation is needed to determine the responsibility of the boat's operator.

Chen was traveling as an independent tourist with 11 family members and friends, according to Taiwan's Tourism Bureau.

They arrived at Bantayin Island on July 17 and embarked for Virgin Island on July 19, the bureau said, but the weather deteriorated when the group was heading back, causing the boat to capsize, the bureau said.

The survivors were swept back to Virgin Island, where they were rescued. 

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 17, 2017 at 12:40pm

7 dead or missing after Vietnamese ship sinks in tropical storm

Rescue workers have been unable to locate where the 5,100-ton ship went down.

At least one man has died and six more are missing from a cargo ship that went down off Vietnam’s central coast on Monday in the middle of a tropical storm.

The ship was carrying 13 sailors and a cargo of coal from the northern province of Quang Ninh to Nghe An. A distress signal was sent out at 2 a.m. as the ship was seeking shelter near an island, but then it went off the radar.

As of 2 p.m. on Monday, local coast guards had rescued six crew members and recovered the body of the deceased, who was wearing a life jacket.

Nguyen Van Sang, one of the survivors who suffered head and leg injuries, said he was woken by screaming as the vessel quickly listed and capsized.

Rescue workers are searching for the remaining crew members, but no sightings of the 5,100-ton vessel have been reported.

The dead sailor was the first casualty of Tropical Storm Talas, the second storm to form in the East Sea and the first to make landfall in Vietnam this year.

Media reports said thousands of fishermen and tourists have been stranded offshore. Torrential rain has been sweeping through northern and central Vietnam, flooding streets in Hanoi and uprooting trees in nearby provinces.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 17, 2017 at 3:37am

'Dozens' missing as Cameroon army boat sinks

Vessel carrying troops from elite Rapid Intervention Brigade capsizes off south-west coast of country

Published: 04:00 July 17, 2017

Yaoundi: A Cameroon army vessel transporting “dozens” of troops from the elite Rapid Intervention Brigade capsized on Sunday off the country’s southwestern coast, a security source told AFP.

The boat “capsized on Sunday between the city of Limbe and Bakassi. There were dozens of troops on board, including a colonel,” the source told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The Rapid Intervention Brigade is in the front line of Cameroon’s fight against Boko Haram extremists in the far north.

“The army has begun searches,” the source said, while another source close to the Cameroon army said at least one body had been recovered.

As well as the troops the boat was also transporting equipment for construction work at a military base on the Bakassi peninsula, where the Brigade has helped to bring security after a previous spate of hostage-takings.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on June 26, 2017 at 2:06am

Coast Guard helps 33 when rough waters capsize, swamp boats on Lake Erie

Posted on June 25, 2017 at 4:58 PM

The U.S. Coast Guard helped a total of 33 boaters on Saturday when bad weather created rough water on Lake Erie, causing vessels to take on water or capsize.

The military said its crews rescued 19 people and escorted another 14 back to shore in four separate weather-related incidents.

The first incident occurred about 1:45 p.m. Saturday, June 24, about a mile off Gem Beach on Catawba Island, near Sandusky.

"Coast Guard Sector Detroit command center received notification of a pontoon boat, with 12 adults aboard, that was hit by rough seas and taking on water," the Coast Guard said in a news release.

Of the dozen, three in the water were rescued by a U.S. Customs and Boarder Patrol boat crew. The other nine still aboard the pontoon were given an escort back to Gem Beach Marine by the Coast Guard. There were no injuries.

Less than an hour later, Station Erie received a "mayday" call from someone aboard a 28-foot charter boat with seven people aboard. The operator said the boat was taking on water. The boat was sitting about three miles offshore of the Walnut Creek Access.

All those aboard were helped from the water by a Coast Guard boat crew. They were brought to shore, where paramedics waited. One person was treated for inhaling water.

At 8:20 p.m. Saturday, 911 dispatch relayed a call to Station Erie that a 22-foot boat with a dozen people on board had capsized in Presque Isle Bay. Of those, 10 were rescued by a Coast Guard boat crew, and a good Samaritan helped the other two. None were injured.

In the day's fourth rescue, Coast Guard staff from Station Erie rescued two kayakers while on patrol.

The day's weather conditions had winds whipping up 4-foot waves. A small craft advisory had been issued.

"These cases we were involved in today highlight the importance of wearing a life jacket at all times, and knowing the weather conditions before getting underway," said Petty Officer 2nd Class James Stephenson, a member of one of the rescue crews from Station Erie. "Today could have been dramatically different and could easily have ended in tragedy for any one of these people." 

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on June 19, 2017 at 7:56pm

At least three killed as Argentine fishing boat sinks off Chubut

Monday, June 19th 2017 - 10:07 UTC

The Mar del Plata-based “Repunte” had taken to sea from Puerto Madryn on June 13.

Argentine Coast Guard found Sunday the dead body of two of the nine crew members missing after Saturday's sinking of a fishing vessel off the coast of Argentina's southern province of Chubut, it was reported, while one more sailor whose body is yet to be retrieved is also feared dead and seven more are still missing.

The fishing vessel Repunte sank about 80 kilometers north of the coast of Rawson, in the Patagonian province of Chubut, it was reported. On Saturday, the Coast Guard managed to

rescue two survivors and detected the lifeless body of another sailor, shortly before stopping the search due to the weather that hit the area since the beginning of the weekend and for which the provincial government declared a state of emergency.

An airplane, a helicopter and the Coast Guard ship Prefecto Derbes are taking part in the search amidst waves of up to ten metres.

It all began Saturday morning, when the captain of the Argentine-flagged Repunte signaled the Maria Liliana, which sailed 16 nautical miles (about 32 kilometers) apart, that they were abandoning the ship in the middle of a strong storm.

The latter contacted the coastal station in Comodoro Rivadavia to request assistance, after which the search and rescue operation was launched. Once at the scene, the Coast Guard found an empty liferaft and was able to rescue one person alive. Another survivor was rescued by the helicopter's crew as well as one dead body.

The Mar del Plata-based Repunte had taken to sea from Puerto Madryn on June 13.

Federal authorites from Chubut's capital, Rawson, are in charge of investigating the incident.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on June 18, 2017 at 6:51pm

Thanks God: Two fishermen escaped death after 17 days on sea as boat sinks

The Urban West Regional Police Commander (RPC), Hassan Nassir, confirmed the incident and elaborated that the police rushed the survivors to Mnazi Mmoja Hospital in Zanzibar where they underwent special treatment for four days.

18 June 2017 Sunday 12:27
Thanks God: Two fishermen escaped death after 17 days on sea as boat sinks

IT might look like fiction from a script of a boxoffice movie, but for two Comorians it was a matter of life and death.

The two fishermen in a bizarre incident survived for 17 days on the sea, without food and clean water, after their boat capsized while on a fishing mission.

The fishermen, who were trawling in the Indian Ocean, held onto dear life when their boat capsized at an unknown area in the sea and ended up being washed onto the shores of Malindi Beach in Zanzibar, on June 13, this year.

The two lucky men also have well-wishers to thank after they quickly informed the police when they were discovered unconscious along the beach.

The Urban West Regional Police Commander (RPC), Hassan Nassir, confirmed the incident and elaborated that the police rushed the survivors to Mnazi Mmoja Hospital in Zanzibar where they underwent special treatment for four days.

He went on to name the two Comorian fishermen as Mohamed Ali Rashid (35) and Mohamed Said Swalim (37) and revealed that they were discharged from hospital on Friday.

He said that the fishermen were thankful to hard work and brilliant services from the Mnazi Mmoja Hospital doctors and nurses, who spent sleepless nights to save their lives. According to the fishermen’s account from the hospital bed, they met the near death experience when they were fishing in the deep seas.

Their boat was hit by strong waves and despite drawing all their experience and expertise to try and save the situation; their efforts were futile as the boat succumbed to waves and capsized. The fishermen then began a long journey to uncertainty when they started to swim hoping to reach the shores.

The fishermen swam for 13 days while eating raw fish and drinking sea water. They went on to explain that when tired, they just floated on water and resume their journey when after resting. But, in a sudden turn of events that almost claimed their lives, the fishermen ran out of food something that made the last four days of the journey difficult.

They started starving and were powerless to continue swimming and it is when they decided to float on water, until the waves washed them along the shores at Malindi Beach.

Speaking with the ‘Sunday News’ a doctor at the hospital who preferred anonymity because he was not the spokesperson, said that the ‘miracle’ fishermen survivors were in critical condition when they arrived, suffering from Hypernatremia, a situation whereby one has excess sodium in the body. According to the doctor, the problem was caused by eating fresh fish and sea water in large amounts.

“They had no food and water so the only way they could survive was by eating fresh fish and drinking ‘salty’ sea water and that is why they had Hypernatremia. We managed to help them gain consciousness first and then continued with other treatments.

Hypernatremia patients feel dizziness or even lose consciousness after blood sodium levels are significantly elevated,” said the anonymous doctor.

He added; “We came to understand what really happened to them after one of our team members who speaks their language translated to us that their boat capsized and they survived on sea water all the days.”

Expounding further, he said the victims had less chances of being found alive if they had spent two to three more days without being discovered, commending doctors on duty that day saying they offered a ‘heroic’ service.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on June 17, 2017 at 8:03pm

New ZetaTalk as of 6/17/2017

It is not common for these big war ships to suffer a collision. How can they be missed? They are HUGE. Their radar is modern, and even if radio communication is faulty, fog horns and clanging bells cannot be missed. The public will never get anything but some vapid excuse, as usual, because both these collisions were caused by the Earth wobble. The cover-up over Nibiru will prevail. Both these collisions happened in an essential bay area, where water displacement did not have room to disburse easily. Look at the time of day for these collisions. 

The Fitzgerald was struck at 2:30 am on June 16, off the East Coast of Japan, when the Sun is rising over the Pacific and Nibiru’s magnetic N Pole is shoving the Earth’s magnetic N Pole as it looms up over the horizon. Japan is shoved violently northward during this Polar Push, creating a void in the bay area so  sloshing and wave action offshore along the Pacific occurred. Water seeks its level, and seeks to fill the void. Boats find themselves suddenly displaced, and thrown together.  

The Lake Champlain Ticonderoga collision occurred 12 hours later on May 9, in the afternoon when the Earth is doing a bounce back from the daily Polar Push against the Earth’s magnetic N Pole. Here S Korea was suddenly moved southward, again creating a void along its northern coastline, which results in the sloshing and wave action that can suddenly displace boats. Small boats in particular are unable to resist being carried by such wave action, which moves a LARGE amount of water en mass. 

7 U.S. Navy sailors missing off Japan’s coast after destroyer collides with container ship

 Seven U.S. Navy sailors are missing off the coast of Japan after an Aegis guided-missile destroyer, the USS Fitzgerald, collided with a container ship early Saturday, causing significant damage and flooding.

Three of the Fitzgerald’s crew members, including its commanding officer, Cmdr. Bryce Benson, were evacuated from the damaged vessel and are being treated at the U.S. naval hospital at Yokosuka, the home of the Navy’s Seventh Fleet.

Benson was reported to be in stable condition in the hospital, while the other two were still having their injuries assessed. The Seventh Fleet had set up an information center for families of sailors serving on the ship.

The cause of the collision was not yet clear.

“Right now we are focused on two things: the safety of the ship and the well-being of the sailors,” said Adm. Scott Swift, commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet. 

The USS Dewey, another destroyer, and two naval tugboats were at the scene, about 12 miles from the Izu Peninsula and 56 nautical miles southwest of Yokosuka, searching for the missing sailors on Saturday. Two Japanese coast guard cutters with helicopters were helping. The Fitzgerald returned to Yokosuka Naval Base.

and another:

9 May, 2017. 
The USS Lake Champlain Ticonderoga-class cruiser has collided with a South Korean fishing vessel during drills in the Sea of Japan. The vessels crashed during a training mission in Japanese waters, 70 miles (112km) east of Gyeongbuk Province. No casualties have been reported so far. The cause of the accident remains unclear and is to be investigated. The boat suddenly appeared near the warship, which at the time was involved in drills along with another vessel. 

and today another:

Jun 17, 1:37 PM EDT

The Latest: 13 injured after Massachusetts ferry crash

Latest News
The Latest: 13 injured after Massachusetts ferry crash

Ferry crashes into jetty, at least 6 injured

HYANNISPORT, Mass. (AP) -- The Latest on a ferry crash in Massachusetts that left several people injured (all times local):

1:15 p.m.

Fire officials have updated the number of people injured to 13 after a high-speed ferry struck a jetty in Hyannisport, Massachusetts, and began taking on water.

The ferry Iyanough hit the jetty and grounded on the rocks at the Hyannis Harbor entrance Friday night. The vessel serves a 26-mile (42-kilometer) route between Nantucket and Hyannis.

Hyannis Fire Capt. Bill Rex told The Boston Globe on Saturday that 56 passengers and crew members were removed from the boat. He said he had no reports of life-threatening injuries.

A Cape Code hospital spokeswoman said the injured had been treated and released by noon Saturday.


4:30 a.m.

The Coast Guard says at least six people were injured when a high-speed ferry struck a jetty in Hyannisport, Massachusetts, and began taking on water.

The ferry Iyanough hit the jetty and grounded on the rocks at the Hyannis Harbor entrance around 10 p.m. Friday. It serves a 26-mile route between Nantucket and Hyannis. There were 48 passengers, 6 crew members and 3 food service workers on board the vessel at the time of the mishap.

The Steamship Authoritiy says bad weather, strong winds and choppy seas are believed to have contributed to the grounding of the Iyanough,

The Coast Guard says rescue crews worked into the night to transfer passengers and ferry crew.


1 a.m.

The Coast Guard says at least four people were injured after a high-speed ferry struck a jetty in Hyannisport and began taking on water.

The ferry Iyanough hit the jetty and grounded on the rocks at the Hyannis Harbor entrance around 10 p.m. Friday. It serves a 26-mile route between Nantucket and Hyannis.

The Coast Guard says rescue crews will work into the night to safely transfer passengers and ferry crew. They also will assess the ferry's damage.

The ferry is operated by the Woods Hole, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket Steamship Authority, connecting the Massachusetts islands with the mainland. It can hold up to 400 people.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on June 14, 2017 at 6:08pm

Wednesday, 14 June 2017 | MYT 4:48 PM

MMEA searches for two sailors after cargo ship sinks off Melaka

PUTRAJAYA: The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) has launched a search and rescue operation for two missing individuals after an Indonesian cargo vessel sank off Tanjung Keling in Melaka, near here.

MMEA director-general Maritime Admiral Datuk Zulkifli Abu Bakar said they received a report from the Marine Department at about 9.25am on Wednesday that the container vessel KM Avatar was partially submerged about 11 nautical miles from Tanjung Keling.

Admiral Zulkifli said the 57m-long KM Avatar, which was registered in Indonesia, was fully submerged at about 12.30pm on Wednesday.

He said that through information that MMEA obtained, 13 sailors were rescued by MV Undine, which was nearby at the time of the incident.

"Based on information from one of the rescued sailors, two individuals are missing. They are the ship's captain and the ship's cook," he said in a statement on Wednesday.

He added that the MMEA's search and rescue operation began at 10am on Wednesday using Guard Boat 49 from the Maritime District 5 Linggi and an AW139 helicopter from the Maritime Malaysia air station in Subang.

"The search and rescue operation is being carried out currently despite bad weather with winds of up to 40-50kph and waves that are 2.5 to 3.5 metres high," he said.

Admiral Zulkifli added that the 13 sailors who were rescued were brought to the Parameswara Jetty at Bandar Hilir in Melaka by Guard Boat 49 and will be brought to the Maritime District 5 Linggi office for further action.

He said the cause of the incident is still under investigation.

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