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 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


Comment by Tracie Crespo on February 7, 2014 at 1:16am

Three Dead, Seven Rescued After Boat Capsizes Off Florida Coast 

The bodies of three people were found inside the hull of a 24-foot boat that capsized 75 miles northeast of West Palm Beach, Fla. on Thursday, the Coast Guard said.

Seven other people were rescued from atop the hull of the overturned center-console vessel carrying suspected migrants.

A Coast Guard rescue team aboard a HC-130 plane was still searching for two missing people on Thursday afternoon.

The vessel was first discovered by the Royal Netherlands Navy ship Zeeland, which was en route to Key West, Fla. on its way to the Caribbean, Coast Guard spokeswoman Marilyn Fajardo told NBC News.

The seven people rescued remain on board the Zeeland. Where they originated from remained unknown, Fajardo said. The incapacitated boat was hauled aboard the Zeeland.

The Coast Guard Cutter Etheridge, a 153-foot ship, was expected to arrive at the scene of the capsizing Thursday evening to assist in the search for the missing people as well as treatment of the suspected migrants.

It was unknown how long the boat had been at sea.

Image: A capsized vessel is lifted onboard the Royal Netherlands Navy Zeeland Royal Netherlands Navy via U.S.
A capsized vessel is lifted on board the Royal Netherlands Navy Zeeland on Feb. 6, 2014.
Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 27, 2014 at 4:43am

21 die as boat capsizes off Port Blair

Rescue operations under way after a tourist boat capsized in the Bay of Bengal off Port Blair in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands on Sunday. Photo: Special Arrangement and PTI
Rescue operations under way after a tourist boat capsized in the Bay of Bengal off Port Blair in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands on Sunday.

Had help reached in time, many would have survived, says one survivor

Twenty-one tourists drowned when a private tourist boat capsized in the sea off Port Blair on Sunday evening after a futile wait for help. Most passengers were from Kancheepuram in Tamil Nadu.

The passengers on board ‘Aqua Marine,’ which sunk a few metres off the harbour in Port Blair, were not given life jackets, R. Gajendra Kumar, one of the survivors and Deputy Superintendent of Police (Police Training College), Chennai, told The Hindu over phone.

“Even as we demanded life jackets, the boat operator said that all safety measures were in place and that there was no need to worry. The boat was carrying people far in excess of the permissible limit. Besides our group of 32 from Kancheepuram, there were some North Indian families that joined us in the last minute,” said Mr. Kumar, who survived the accident along with his wife.

The boat, carrying 46 passengers and three crew members, was on its way to North Bay from Ross Island, when it capsized around 4 p.m. Though the shore was close by, no help came for a long time.

“We could even see a defence vessel and other ships anchored along the harbour ... as I almost lost hope a boat operator came and dropped some life jackets. Some private divers rescued us,” Mr. Kumar said. Had life jackets been given or help come in time, many would have survived, he said.

Death toll

Inspector-General of Coast Guard and Regional Commander (Andaman and Nicobar Islands) V.S.R. Murthy confirmed that 21 people died, 27 were rescued and the fate of one was not known. “In less than an hour, we launched a helicopter and vessels to rescue the victims. We were able to pull out some from the sea and shift them to the hospital. It has been confirmed that 21 were brought dead and 11 were undergoing treatment.”

Earlier, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa said 28 persons had died. Thirty-three of those on board were from Kancheepuram district.

Asked whether the boat sank due to inclement weather, Mr. Murthy said the weather was normal

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 26, 2014 at 8:10am

Updated: January 25, 2014 16:39 IST

Ten drown in Russian border patrol boat capsize

As many as 10 people drowned after a Russian border patrol vessel capsized off the coast of Kunashir, a Russia—controlled island north of Japan, officials confirmed on Saturday.

The 10 passengers, among them members of Russia’s Federal Security Service — responsible for the country’s border control — and several maritime experts, were on their way to a larger ship off the coast of Japan when a wave caused the vessel to capsize.

Russian authorities confirmed that four bodies had been recovered thus far, news agency Itar—Tass reported.

The remaining six passengers are very unlikely to have survived the icy water temperatures, officials said.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 19, 2014 at 3:18am

Updated: January 18, 2014 17:34 IST

Three drown, eight missing in Malaysia boat capsize

Three people drowned on Saturday and eight others remained missing after a motorboat capsized in a river in eastern Malaysia, a police official said.

Sixteen others were rescued after the accident near a village in the town of Mukah in the state of Sarawak, 1,155 km east of Kuala Lumpur, according to state police chief Muhammad Sabtu Othman.

Muhammad said the victims were on their way back home after attending a wedding reception in a nearby village when the accident occurred.

Search and rescue operations were continuing for the missing victims.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on December 23, 2013 at 5:33pm

6 drown, 1 survivor as leisure fishing boat capsizes off the west coast of Portugal

Portuguese officials say six people have drowned and one survivor was hospitalized with hypothermia after a leisure fishing boat capsized in rough seas off the country's west coast.

The sole survivor, a 37-year-old man, swam to the beach on Costa de Caparica, 15 kilometers (9 miles) west of Lisbon, to alert authorities late Saturday, according to maritime police deputy chief Pacheco Antunes. The man was then taken to a nearby hospital.

Antunes said Sunday that investigators examining the boat, a fiberglass recreational boat equipped for fishing, have found a large hole in its hull. A week ago, six students drowned on a beach not far from where the boat capsized.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on December 8, 2013 at 7:51pm

08 December 2013| last updated at 12:30AM

Boat with 13 commandos feared capsized

KUALA LUMPUR: A boat with 13 commandos from Kem Sungai Udang is feared to have capsized after failing to land with other groups at Pulau Upeh, Malacca yesterday.

The commandos comprising two officers and 11 trainees in four boats were involved in rowing training from Sungai Udang to Pulau Upeh.
Armed Forces Chief Gen Tan Sri Zulkifeli Mohd Zin said three boats arrived at Pulau Upeh at 10.30pm yesterday but another boat did not make it.
"It is understood the weather turned turbulent as the three boats were about to land at Pulau Upeh," he said when contacted by Bernama tonight.
Zulkifeli said 44 commandos were involved in the rowing training course.
Meanwhile, Army Chief Gen Datuk Raja Mohamed Affandi Raja Mohamed Noor said a search and rescue operation was conducted this afternoon but the commandos could not be found.
"I understand that the three boats that arrived on Pulau Upeh nearly capsized after being hit by storng waves.   
"We searched for them since dawn but don't want to speculate as the search and rescue operation is continuing.
"We are worried if they strayed into Indonesian waters. I have briefed my Indonesia counterpart on the matter," he added.
The search and rescue operation also involve the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA), Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) and the police. --BERNAMA

The search and rescue for the 13 soldiers who were feared drowned after their boat went missing during a rowing training exercise to Pulau Nangka in Malacca. NST/Muhammad Hatim Ab Manan.

Four drown as boat capsizes in UP

Four persons, including a teenage girl, drowned and three others went missing when a boat capsized in Sikandarpur area here, police said today. 
A boat ferrying 21 labourers capsized in Ghagra river last evening and while 14 people were saved by the local fishermen, seven went missing, they said. 
The body of Sukhrani (32) was found yesterday. 
Police team during the search operation today fished out the bodies of Prabhawati (45), Kalawati (45) and Sarita (15). 
Efforts are on in search of remaining persons, police said.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on December 5, 2013 at 7:08pm

Flood relief boat capsized, six passengers escape death

KEMAMAN: Six relief workers, including a doctor, almost drowned when the boat they were travelling in capsized here on Wednesday.

They were however saved by the life jackets before another boat rescued them 10 minutes later.

One of them, Dr Norbaiti Yusoff, 30, said they clung on tightly to the capsized boat that was swept off by strong currents until they were spotted by another relief boat travelling behind them.

Dr Norbaiti who was with nurse Norwati Muhammad, 30, two male officers from the Welfare Department and two boat drivers were on their way to Kampung Seberang Tayur to send supplies and tend to the sick at the flood relief centre there.

Norbaiti and Norwati left the Kertih clinic at 8am and joined the others in the team in the afternoon for the trip.

"However, the boat driver decided to change direction and headed towards Kampung Pasir Gajah as the currents were too strong,"

She said the boat overturned after it hit an electrical cable as the driver was making a turn towards their new destination at around 6.45pm.

"It capsized and we had to cling ourselves to the boat that was swept away by strong current," she said.


Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on December 5, 2013 at 7:04pm

Filmmaker drowns, 15 others saved as Dapitan City tour boat capsizes

DIPOLOG CITY, Zamboanga del Norte—A sea tour by a group of Zamboanga City photographers to a picturesque island in the adjacent historical city of Dapitan turned tragic after its motorized boat capsized on Wednesday noon, drowning a visiting physician-filmmaker even as 15 others were rescued.

National hero Jose P. Rizal was exiled by the Spanish authorities to Dapitan City for four years, where he spent the last days of his life.

A police report received at Camp Hamac in this capital city by Provincial Police Director Sr. Superintendent James B. Mejia identified the victim as Dr. Bob Aquino, a native of San Fernando City, Pampanga, and owner of the newly established Zamboanga City-based Hypernova Productions.

The report listed some of the survivors as Dapitan City Tourism Officer Apple Marie Agulong who served as the team’s tourist guide, Western Mindanao (Zamboanga peninsula) Region 9 Tourism Operations Officer Estephanie Apolonio, boat skipper Anacleto Galleposo and photographer Jessie Yu.

Most of survivors are members of Zamboanga City’s REVPOR Photographers Club, the report said.

The group reportedly departed from the Dapitan City port early Wednesday morning for scenic Aliguay Island, some two hours boat ride away from the mainland, for photo coverage.

The coconut-laddened elongated island was earlier acquired and later developed by former Zamboanga del Norte Rep. Romeo G. Jalosjos who also owns the internationally known Dakak Park and Beach Resort (DPBR) in Barangay Taguilon.

Agulong said the group was sailing back midway to the mainland early afternoon when4-meter-high waves suddenly swept the DPBR-owned vessel, causing the watercraft to capsize, spilling out all its riders to the sea water. A passing fishing boat plucked the members of the team who were all screaming for help.

Agulong quoted Dapitan City Health Officer Dr. Rolito Cataluna, who conducted a post-mortem examination on Aquino, as saying that the filmmaker “suffered cardiac arrest” during the sea incident.

The survivors were later taken to the Zamboanga del Norte Provincial Hospital for appropriate medical checkup, Agulong said.



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