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 June 14, 2014 at 8:08am


Seven feared drowned in UP boat capsize

Seven feared drowned in UP boat capsize


Lucknow, June 13 (IANS) Seven people are feared to have drowned in the Ganga in Ghazipur Friday as the boat they were travelling in capsized, police said.

While some people were rescued, seven did not make it and attempts are being made by divers to search for them.

People from Taranpur village were going for a ritual related to a marriage. The newly weds were also in the boat when the incident took place.

Bride Chandni and the groom Deepak have also drowned in the incident, police said. Divers from the provincial armed constabulary (PAC) have been pressed into service.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on June 8, 2014 at 11:13pm

Over 60 migrants dead after boat sinks off Yemen
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Over 60 migrants dead after boat sinks off Yemen

At least 60 African migrants and two Yemeni crew members perished in sea off Yemen's coast last weekend, in a boat sinking that has just come to light and is believed to be the deadliest there this year, according to Reuters. In the first four months of this year, 16,500 migrants and refugees, mainly Somalis, Ethiopians and Eritreans, have crossed the Gulf of Aden and Red Sea to land in Yemen, the country they consider to be a gateway to a better life in the Middle East, the UN refugee agency UNHCR said.

About twice as many crossed in the same period last year.

"We are still seeking information, but it is now confirmed that a boat carrying 60 people from Somalia and Ethiopia and two Yemeni crew sank last Saturday in the Red Sea," UNHCR spokesman Adrian Edwards said during a news briefing in Geneva. Local residents buried their bodies which washed ashore near the Bab El Mandeb area off Yemen's coast, he added.

"The tragedy is the largest single loss of life this year of migrants and refugees attempting to reach Yemen via the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden," Edwards said. According to him, it brought the known total of deaths at sea of people trying to reach Yemen to at least 121 so far this year.
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Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on June 2, 2014 at 7:23am

Eight killed, two missing as storm hits Odisha

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on May 12, 2014 at 7:28pm

Dozens killed in immigrant boat capsize off Libyan coast

Comment by Tracie Crespo on May 5, 2014 at 8:35pm

At Least 22 Drown as Overcrowded Boats Capsize off Greece

ATHENS, Greece -- A yacht and a dinghy crammed with immigrants trying to enter Greece capsized Monday, leaving at least 22 dead.

The victims included four children. It was one of the deadliest such incidents in the country's waters in recent years.

The vessels had been trying to enter Greece illegally when they overturned before dawn off the coast of the island of Samos in the eastern Aegean Sea.

It was not immediately clear what caused the overloaded craft to capsize.

The Greek coast guard said 36 people — 32 men, three women and a child — were rescued, and two of them — a man and a child — were airlifted to a hospital on the mainland. The survivors were identified as 23 Somalis, nine Syrians and three Eritreans, the coast guard said.

Image: A crane lifts a yacht after it capsized off the Greek island of Samos on Monday STELIOS DEMERTZIS / EPA
A crane lifts a yacht after the vessel capsized off the Greek island of Samos on Monday.

Coast guard officials recovered the bodies of two women, a man and a boy from the sea, and later found a further 18 bodies — including three children — inside the yacht after it was towed to Samos.

Survivors told the coast guard between 60 and 65 people had been on the 30-foot yacht and the six-foot dinghy that had set off from Turkey. It remained unclear Monday afternoon whether other people were missing.

Coast guard vessels, fishing boats and two search and rescue helicopters were combing the area for survivors or bodies. A nearby cruise ship helped for several hours before being cleared to continue its journey.

Despite the deep financial crisis that brought Greece to the brink of bankruptcy four years ago, the country remains a major entry point for people from poor or war-ravaged parts of Asia and Africa seeking a better life in the 28-nation European Union.

Before Monday's incident, 21 people had drowned in similar incidents since the beginning of the year.

Over the weekend, the Greek coast guard rescued about 250 immigrants from the sea.

- The Associated Press
Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on May 3, 2014 at 9:45pm

Ferry Boat With 190 People Runs Aground off Santorini

by Andy Dabilis - May 3, 2014 

Preveli_SantoriniA ferry boat with 190 passengers on board ran aground off Santorini island in the Aegean Sea early on May 3, the Greek Coast Guard said.

There was no flooding of the Prevelis but the passengers, wearing life jackets, were moved to the deck for precautionary reasons, unlike those of a South Korea ferry which sank last month with great loss of life because the passengers had been told to stay in their cabins.

The ship eventually reached port but about 40 minutes after the grounding, vessels from Santorini pulled up next to the boat to assist in taking off passengers if needed.

Then a Coast Guard vessel and a small passenger ship approached the boat off the rocky islet Aspronisi. The accident might have been caused by a loss of power, according to preliminary reports. Divers checked the extent of damage before it sailed to the port.

The passenger ship sailed from the port of Piraeus, Greece, at 6 p.m. the night before on a scheduled route that would take the boat to Milos, Santorini, Anafi, Heraklion, Sitia, Kasos, Karpathos, Diafani, Halki and Rhodes. Besides the passengers, there were also 32 trucks, 19 cars, two buses and six motorcycles also on board.

Seven years ago, the cruise ship Sea Diamond also ran aground off Santorini and sank, killing two French passengers.  Jean Christophe Allain, 45, and his daughter Maud, 16, whose bodies were never found. 

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Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on April 25, 2014 at 3:46am

Three People Missing After Freighter Sinks off Crete

Apr 24, 2014
Greek rescue teams are searching for three people reported missing after a cargo ship sank off the southern island of Crete.

The Togo flagged, cargo ship, Ag Marina was sank early on Thursday about 30 nautical miles off the western coast of the island of Crete, southern Greece.

As reported seven people, probably of Russian origin were on board. Four crew members were rescued by a nearby cargo ship, while three others are still missing. A total of four cargo ships, a super puma helicopter and a vessel of the Greek coastguard are currently taking part in the rescue operation.

So far, the merchandise of the cargo ship, the place of its departure and its destination are unknown.

Comment by Tracie Crespo on April 16, 2014 at 3:32pm

South Korea Ferry Carrying Hundreds of Students Sinks

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 18, 2014 at 5:38pm

9 passengers cheat death as boat capsizes off Surigao City port

Many Filipinos travel across the islands by boat. FILE PHOTO BY BERNARD TESTA

BUTUAN CITY -- Nine passengers, including a one-year-old child and five women, were rescued from a capsized boat Sunday afternoon off the port of Surigao City.

Belated reports from Surigao del Norte Police Provincial Office reaching the regional police headquarters here Tuesday said that a concerned citizen informed Surigao City Police Station at 1:40 p.m. on Sunday that a passenger boat bearing the name "Eric Queen" capsized at sea about a kilometer away from the port at Pantalan-II at Boulevard, Surigao City.

Upon receiving the alarm, the police proceeded to the clearing outpost of the Philippine Coast Guard at Pantalan-II.

Police investigation showed that the boat left the port at 1 p.m. heading for the island village of Buenavista, still a part of Surigao City.

The boat, with orange and white stripes, encountered strong winds and huge waves, causing its hull to break and the vessel to capsize.

Police said that about 1:20 p.m., motor banca "LQP-1" from Dapa, Surigao del Norte bound for Surigao City passed by the place and rescued all nine passengers.

The rescued passengers were identified as Junmark Culo, 20 (boat captain); Brenda Eguera, 42; Theresa Lupo, 29; Mary Rose Anota, 20; Jimmy G. Canales, 18; Cheryl Frias, 27; Victor Lupo, 23; Ferly B. Cenio, 19; and one-year old Jhael (not his real name).

All rescued passengers were safely transported back to Pantalan II in Surigao City.

Comment by Love is the answer on February 7, 2014 at 4:26am

Brutal Waves Tear Spanish Cargo Ship in Half

Rough seas smashed the Spanish ship against a sea wall on France's Atlantic Coast

Spanish cargo ship accident




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