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 August 16, 2016 at 6:40am


Disaster averted as vessel carrying 23 passengers sinks in Ilulissa...

23 cruise passengers rescued after local boat sinks

Police in Greenland are investigating the cause of an accident on Sunday that resulted in the sinking of a boat carrying 23 cruise-ship passengers and three crew members.
Everyone on board the locally hired power boat was rescued by nearby local boats, as well as by inflatable boats belonging to their cruise ship, the L’Austral, which was located some 100 metres away.
“Everyone was saved and they are doing okay. All of the passengers are back on a ship,” Sebastian Bech, the acting police commissioner in Ilulissat, said.
The cause of the incident, which took place at about 1am on Sunday morning in Ilulissat Icefjord, Greenland’s most-visited tourist destination, remains unknown.
Investigators, however, say no other vessel was involved, and that the boat either struck something in the water or was struck.
The L’Austral is a French-flagged luxury ship launched in 2011 and operated by Compagnie du Ponant. It has a capacity of 264 passengers and 140 crewmembers.
Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 15, 2016 at 6:24am

Five Indian fishermen dead, 20 missing in fishing boat capsize

  • Updated: Aug 15, 2016 07:52 IST

Five Indian fishermen died and 20 were reported missing after their boats, which had drifted away into Bangladeshi waters during a cyclonic storm, capsized in the rough seas, officials said on Sunday.

According to the Indian Coast Guard, which is conducting search and rescue operations jointly with the Bangladesh Coast Guard, the fishing boat ‘Mahagauri’ with its 17 crew members had drifted across the international maritime boundary line (IMBL) and capsized.

South 24 Parganas district magistrate PB Salim told PTI that on the intervening night of August 7 and 8, about 200 trawlers from the district had ventured to the high seas and eight of them went missing in the cyclonic storm.

Six of them were later found to be safe.

One fisherman, Anup Das, was rescued by a Bangladeshi fishing boat and handed over to an Indian fishing boat near the IMBL.

Five bodies were found from near the capsized boat, which was found south of Heron Point in Bangladeshi waters, officials said.

The boat was towed to the nearest landing point, where it will be checked for any more bodies trapped inside.

Another fishing boat named Prosenjit is also feared to have capsized in the rough seas and is still missing. One of its crew members, Nirmal Jana, was rescued while 10 others are still untraceable.

Inspector general KR Nautiyal, Coast Guard Commander (north east) said, “Each life at sea is precious to us and our assets will comb the area for survivors”.

“A joint search and rescue mission is being undertaken by Indian Coast Guard and Bangladeshi Coast Guard within Bangladeshi waters. BNS Amin and BNS Sangu are the two Bangladeshi ships that have joined the operation. Indian coast guard ship Sarojini Naidu is in the area and is being joined by Coast Guard Ship Rajkiran shortly,” an Indian 

Coast Guard official said.

Joint aerial surveillance by Indian Coast Guard Dornier aircrafts and maritime patrol aircrafts of Bangladesh is in progress

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 28, 2016 at 4:06am

JULY 27, 2016 9:26 PM

Coast Guard: Problem in engine room led to flooding on boat

A problem in the engine room led to flooding on board a fishing boat off Alaska's Aleutian Islands, forcing the crew to abandon ship, the Coast Guard said Wednesday.

The 46 crew members of the stricken Alaska Juris were taken to the port in Adak, Alaska, arriving late Wednesday morning, Adak city manager Layton Lockett said. The crew members did not require medical attention, he said.

Adak is about 175 miles (282 kilometers) southeast of where the Alaska Juris ran into trouble.

The Coast Guard said the crew will be flown to Anchorage. A message from The Associated Press seeking interviews with the crew Wednesday at an Adak inn where they were taken was not immediately returned.

The agency had planned to conduct a flyover Wednesday to see if the 220-foot (67-meter) Alaska Juris was still afloat and determine if any pollution has spilled from the disabled vessel. The Coast Guard later said no flyover will occur Wednesday because of the unavailability of aircraft.

The Coast Guard is asking mariners in the area to share updates on the vessel, civilian spokesman Cory Cichoracki said.

Coast Guard Lt. Joseph Schlosser said it's not unusual for vessels to run into trouble at sea, given the "gigantic" size of Alaska, which has more coastline than the Atlantic and Pacific seaboards combined.

"I wouldn't say it's uncommon for a fishing vessel like this to become distressed," he said. "But the uncommon thing is that this luckily went very well for this crew."

The ship was listing at 5 percent when the crew members were disembarking Tuesday, Schlosser said, noting that was the last observation of the vessel. The incident is under investigation.

Conditions at the time were calm seas and limited visibility because of fog.

Coast Guard officials praised the response by the good Samaritan vessels. The Spar Canis and the Vienna Express heard the Coast Guard's emergency broadcast for help and rushed to the scene. Also responding were two other merchant vessels, the Seafisher and Ocean Peace, which transported the crew to Adak. The Coast Guard initially said the other two vessels were taking the crew.

"The good Samaritans' willingness to respond ... was paramount to getting the Alaska Juris crew to safety," said Lt. Greg Isbell, Coast Guard District 17 command duty officer.

Video footage showed one of the bright orange life rafts floating some distance from the stricken vessel, while another appeared tethered to it. The Coast Guard footage shot from an aircraft also showed a merchant ship in the distance.

On Tuesday, the agency diverted a cutter and dispatched two C-130 transport planes and two helicopters to the sinking ship near Kiska Island, which is about 690 miles (1,110 kilometers) west of Dutch Harbor, one of the nation's busiest fishing ports.

The Alaska Juris is owned by Renton, Washington-based Fishing Co. of Alaska, according to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. The company did not immediately respond to Associated Press for further information.

On Wednesday, recovery plans were underway by a salvage company, Resolve Marine Group. Project manager David Maruszak said the company is sending a 200-foot (61-meter) tug, the Resolve Pioneer, to the scene from Dutch Harbor. The tug is expected to arrive late Thursday or early Friday, he said.

It's not the first trouble the Alaska Juris has encountered in recent years.

In March 2012, a fisherman aboard the boat died after a cable snapped and struck him in the head. Days later, another fisherman was treated for a head injury after a cable snapped again and hit him.

In May 2012, the Alaska Juris requested help from the Coast Guard after three crew members were exposed to ammonia from a leak. The agency flew the trio to Cold Bay, Alaska.

Another vessel owned by the Fishing Co. of Alaska, the 189-foot Alaska Ranger, sank in March 2008 about 130 miles (209 kilometers) West of Dutch Harbor. Five of the boat's 47 crew members, including the captain, died. A Coast Guard investigation concluded in 2011 that the vessels owner failed to properly maintain its structural condition.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 16, 2016 at 4:56am

13 people rescued after boat capsizes on Kamloops Lake

The Canadian Press Posted: Jul 15, 2016 7:01 AM PT

Thirteen out-of-province vacationers had to be rescued in B.C.'s southern Interior Thursday evening when their pleasure boat was swamped during a thunderstorm.

Kamloops RCMP Staff Sgt. Michel Grondin says the five adults and eight youths, aged 12 to 15, were in a six-metre boat on Kamloops Lake, west of Kamloops, when the sudden storm kicked up strong winds and high waves.

Grondin says several RCMP units, the fire department and the RCMP helicopter rushed to the lake.

He says by the time crews arrived, nine of the 13 had already made it to shore. Rescuers were able to quickly pluck the remaining two adults and two children from the water and reunite the group.

Police could not provide the home towns of the vacationers, but say all 13 are unhurt.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 14, 2016 at 2:29am

Hopewell mother, daughter die during York River fishing trip

JAMES CITY COUNTY, Va. -- A mother and daughter from Hopewell died fishing in the York River Tuesday afternoon. State officials identified the mother as 35-year-old Kimberly Marie Privette, of Hopewell.  Her nine-year-old daughter's name was not released due to her age.

The mother and daughter were with other family members on a 20-foot fishing boat in the York River halfway between Croaker Landing and West Point when it began to take on water over the bow, investigators said.

"The boat started to bog down and they plugged in a secondary bilge pump. It was unable pump out the incoming water. They were able to get the motor started and tried to get the boat on plane to push out the water," a Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries investigators said. "When they got on plane the water from the bow came rushing back and causing the boat to capsize ejecting three of the occupants. Two of which became trapped under the boat."

The child's father, grandfather, cousin, and a family friend were all in the boat when it capsized.

"It is believed the subjects were in the water from 12:30 until 2:38 p.m. until a passerby boat was able to rescue them and call for help," the investigator said. "The six people were pulled from the water, two of whom were unconscious and required CPR."

All six people were taken to Sentara Williamsburg Regional Hospital where Privette and her daughter were pronounced dead.

Investigators said both Privette and her daughter were wearing life jackets.

"The initial investigation indicates the two were trapped under the boat when it capsized," the investigator said. "The four other individuals who were also taken to Sentara Williamsburg Regional Hospital were released and did not accept medical assistance."

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 2, 2016 at 10:15pm

8 rescued from capsized boat in Raritan Bay


SANDY HOOK — The Coast Guard says a good Samaritan rescued eight people from a boat that capsized off the Jersey Shore coast Saturday.

The vessel capsized around 10:30 a.m. in the area of the Romer Shoal Lighthouse in Sandy Hook Bay. Another boater came upon the scene and got the eight passengers onto the boat.

No injuries were reported. But officials say it’s not clear what caused the boat to capsize

Officials say a New York Fire Department vessel helped bring some of the rescued passenger back to shore.


Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on June 28, 2016 at 8:56am

12 Missing as Passenger Boat Sinks off Papua Coast


Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on June 28, 2016 at 7:51am

11 People, Dog Rescued From Capsized Boat in New Jersey: NJSP

New Jersey State Police
State Police say none of the people on the boat were wearing life jackets.

State troopers and a tow boat crew rescued 11 people and a dog from a capsized boat on the Point Pleasant Canal Sunday, authorities say. 

The Point Pleasant Marine Station got a call about a sinking 21-foot boat in the canal near the Loveland Bridge shortly after 5:30 p.m. The emergency call indicated the people in the water, along with the animal, were in distress. 

Troopers got to the scene within minutes, along with another vessel operated by Tow Boat U.S., and pulled the 11 individuals and the canine to safety. 

All of the victims refused medical attention once they were brought ashore. None were wearing life vests, according to New Jersey State Police.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on June 26, 2016 at 3:43am

3 killed when boat capsizes off Catalina Island

A view of the harbor from the Avalon Casino on Monday, October 6, 2015.
Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on June 24, 2016 at 7:05am

18 tourists, locals stranded after boat capsizes off Sabah

Photo: The Star/ Asia News Network

KOTA KINABALU - The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) is racing against time to locate 18 people after their catamaran capsized at about 8pm off Pulau Mantanani on Thursday.

Twelve of the 18, who are currently clinging onto the catamaran that capsized, are tourists from China, while four are crew.

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Two locals had also hitched a ride on the boat.

Three MMEA vessels are in the area and are communicating with the crew of the catamaran.

All 18 are currently together.

Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency Sabah and Labuan regional director First Admiral Mohd Zubil Mat Som said that their patrol boats were already in the area but were finding it difficult to locate the capsized boat.

"We were in telephone communication with the crew and we advised them to put on their life jackets and tie themselves to each other with ropes so they do not drift apart," he said when contacted at 11pm.

He declined to comment further on the incident, as rescue operations are ongoing.

It is learned that the catamaran originally carried 34 people when it left the Mantanani island resort at 3pm on Thursday before it sprung a leak at 4pm.

Sixteen tourists were taken back to the resort by other boats before weather conditions worsened, making it difficult for smaller boats to operate in the area.

Pulau Mantanani is about an hour's boat ride from Kota Belud, which is about 90km from Kota Kinabalu.

The island is a popular snorkelling and swimming spot for tourists.

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