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 March 7, 2016 at 6:59am

Refugee boat sinks killing 25

Hiru News, 3 hours ago

A boat carrying refugees has sunk in the Aegean Sea killing 25. A total of 15 others were rescued by the Turkish coastguards. At least three children are believed to be among the dead, foreign media reports. The boat has capsized near the Turkish resort of Didim. It was en route to Greece from Turkey.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on March 4, 2016 at 8:51pm

Friday, 4 March 2016 | MYT 11:10 PM

Passengers jump into the sea as ferry sinks in Bali Strait

PETALING JAYA: A ferry capsized in the strait between the islands of Bali and Java on Friday and TV footage showed passengers standing on its side then jumping into the sea as the boat sank in placid waters.

Official statements about how many people were rescued ranged from 41 to 71.

Didi Hamzar, head of Bali's Search and Rescue Agency, said the ship's manifest listed 51 people on board including 14 crewmen. Passenger boats are frequently overloaded in Indonesia. He told Indonesia's TVOne that 10 people were missing based on the manifest.

Footage broadcast by TVOne showed other ships in the background as the ferry, Tafelia 2, sank in the narrow Bali Strait. It languished on its side before capsizing.

Boats are a popular and relatively cheap form of transportation in the world's largest archipelago nation which spans more than 17,000 islands with a population of 256 million. Sea accidents are common, with safety regulations often poorly enforced.

The ferry was enroute from Gilimanuk port in Bali to Banyuwangi on Java.

A local navy chief Lt. Col. Wahyu Endriawan said a total of 71 people have been rescued without any casualties.

"We cannot yet know whether some were trapped inside the ship which has totally submerged," he told MetroTV. – ANN/The Jakarta Post

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on March 4, 2016 at 3:48am

How did that happen? Mysterious case of sunken boat in luxury Elizabeth Bay Marina

March 3, 2016 6:27pm

A boat found mysteriously sunken in Elizabeth Bay. Picture: Supplied

INSURANCE investigators are this morning trying to determine how a near-seven metre boat was found submerged just below the surface of the Elizabeth Bay Marina.

Marina manager, Sean Tolkin said it was likely the “very heavy nor’-easterly winds” experienced last night had flipped the boat onto its side, causing water to flood the cabin.

The owner of the 6.7 metre half cabin fishing boat had only purchased it last week.

“He was shocked, we are all shocked,” Mr Tolkin said.

“He just upgraded to a new boat, he has occupied the berth for a while.”

Authorities were alerted to the submerged boat about 6.30pm after residents complained of a strong smell of petrol coming from the marina.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 27, 2016 at 5:26pm

One Rescued, One Missing After Fishing Boat Sinks In Santa Barbara Channel

Posted on Saturday, February 27, 2016 12:45am

The search is continuing for a person reported missing after a commercial fishing boat sank in the Santa Barbara Channel.

The boat went down around 4 p.m. Friday, about 17 miles southeast of Santa Barbara.  A passing boat rescued one person, but a second is still unaccounted for, and is the focus of a search.  The Coast Guard dispatched helicopters and boats to search for the missing person.

There’s no word on what led to the sinking of the boat.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 27, 2016 at 4:41pm

3 die as ferry boat sinks off Quezon
February 27, 2016

Gumaca, Quezon — Three people, including a school teacher, were killed after the ferry boat they were on sank in waters off Barangay Villabota, this town, last Friday afternoon.

The Gumaca Municipal Police Station (MPS) identified the fatalities as public school teacher Rosefel Pulumbarit Oliveros, 46, and Isabelita M. Oliveros, 52; both of Quezon town, this province; and Susan T. Tajaran, 53, of Kalibo, Aklan.



Inspector Rodel A. Anda, deputy chief of police of the Gumaca MPS, said the three who drowned were among 63 passengers of “M/B Lady Aime,” navigating from Gumaca Wharf (Salome Port) and heading for Quezon (town) Pier but battered by a strong wave that destroyed the front part of the hull around 3:30 p.m.

Boat captain Jun Navares, 32, married, and a resident of Quezon town, tried to return to port but the vessel sank quickly, said Anda.

Fishermen who spotted the incident came to the aid of the passengers and four crew members of “M/B Lady Aime,” owned by a certain Ronnie Flores.

The army’s 4th Maneuver Platoon, the Gumaca MPS, the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), the Philippine Coast Guard, and the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council also joined the rescue operation.

However, Anda noted that Navares was nowhere to be found during the investigation. (With a report from Francis T. Wakefield)

Comment by M. Difato on February 25, 2016 at 7:10pm

U.S. Coast Guard boat overturns while on rescue mission in East Rockaway Inlet

February 25, 2016

Five Coast Guard officers on a rescue mission ended up becoming the ones in distress early Thursday when their vessel capsized off the Rockaways during a massive storm, officials said.

The 25-foot Response Boat Small was buffeted by 10- to 12-foot waves before flipping over in the East Rockaway Inlet about 5 a.m.

The five seamen aboard swam to shore near Beach 19th St., a Coast Guard spokesman said. Their vessel ultimately washed up on a nearby beach.

The seamen were treated at the scene. No injuries were reported.

The Coast Guard vessel had been dispatched to rescue the members of the Carolina Queen III, a 76-foot scallop fishing boat from Virginia.

The boat had been on an eight-day fishing excursion when it lost power and began taking on water about 2 a.m., officials said.

The crew of seven managed to bail out the water but later radioed for help when the boat ran aground near the East Rockaway Inlet.

All seven fisherman were airlifted by U.S. Coast Guard helicopter to shore near Beach 56th Pl. in Arverne unharmed, officials said.
“Nothing about this really was routine,” FDNY Fire Chief George Healy said. “This was a very treacherous operation.”

The waters off the Rockaways were under a gale warning Wednesday night as 34 mile-per-hour winds buffeted the area.

“FDNY had some marine resources coming and because of the conditions, we actually had to turn them back for their safety,” Healy said. “A U.S. Coast Guard rescue swimmer went in the water and he couldn’t even handle the conditions.”

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 23, 2016 at 3:56pm

Feb 21, 2016, 3:20 p.m. Last updated 16 hours ago
  • Region: Vietnam

Cargo Ship Sinks Off Central Vietnam

Vietnam Isolated Incident // Boat Accident
HANOI -- Authorities said the cargo ship "Ha Tien 1" began sinking after taking in water in the engine room amid stormy weather about 38 nautical miles north off the city of Da Nang.

The crew members failed to pump out the water and shut off the vessel's flooded compartment. All the sailors abandoned the sinking ship and issued a distress signal to local officials.

A rescue ship was dispatched to the scene and spotted a life raft with 20 crewmen from the Ha Tien 1. All the Vietnamese sailors disembarked in Da Nang without any serious injuries.

The coast guard tried to salvage the vessel, but the harsh weather in the region disrupted the operations. An investigation has been launched to determine the cause of the accident.
Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 22, 2016 at 8:28pm

Lake City man found dead, another missing after capsizing boat at Santee

Published: February 22, 2016, 12:04 pm

MANNING, S.C. (AP) – One man is dead and another is missing after their boat capsized on Lake Marion.

Captain Robert McCullough of the Department of Natural Resources tells media outlets the DNR received the call about the incident Sunday afternoon. He says two men had been fishing on Lake Marion when something happened to the boat, causing it to sink. The men ended up in the water.

The Clarendon County Coroner’s Office says the two men were from Lake City.

Other boaters tried to throw a life jacket to one of the men, but he ultimately went under the water. Boaters were able to pull the other man into their boat and attempted CPR, but they weren’t able to revive him.

McCullough says the DNR is still searching the lake for the first man. Investigators are looking into what caused the boat to capsize.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 18, 2016 at 1:37am

Fishing boat capsizes, sinks near Mamainse

TSB investigators are on their way to the scene
Feb 17, 2016

Five crew members made it to shore today after their commercial fishing boat capsized and sank on Lake Superior, says the Transportation Safety Board of Canada.

The boat, Bessie, capsized while leaving Mamainse Harbour.

The TSB has deployed two investigators to gather information and assess the occurrence.

Ontario Provincial Police were on scene.

SooToday will update this story when more information is available.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 18, 2016 at 12:12am

Passengers fight for their lives as ferry sinks at Yeji

Feb 17, 2016 at 8:32pm
File photo
There is a rescue exercise currently underway to save over 100 passengers on a sinking ferry on the Volta Lake has learnt.

The pontoon which is traveling from Mankago to Yeji started tumbling on the river around 6pm.

Sources have told the boat is carrying traders who are returning to their homes after trading on the other side of the river. The ferry also has four cargo vehicles on board.

So far, two boats have reportedly gone to the rescue of the passengers with many more heading their way. sources say the passengers are desperately pumping water out of the ferry to keep it afloat.

No casualty has so far been recorded.

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