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 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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Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on June 20, 2016 at 4:02am

13 children, one adult die when Russian tour boats capsize

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on June 15, 2016 at 6:45am

Boat sinks off Agusan port;1 dead, 2 missing


Butuan City – A 14-year-old girl drowned, two passengers remain missing while 78 others were rescued after a passenger vessel sank Saturday afternoon off Magallanes Port in Magallanes, Agusan del Norte, a flash report reaching the regional police headquarters here yesterday stated.


Agusan Del Norte Map (Photo courtesy of Google Map)

Agusan Del Norte Map (Photo courtesy of Google Map)

The Northeastern Mindanao Police Regional Office 13 (PRO 13) said Cindy Claire Relos Villanueva of Purok 5, Barangay Sto. Nino, Magallanes town was declared dead on arrival by attending physician at the nearby Cabadbaran City Emergency Hospital.

Pinky Buzon, 17 and Jaime Navarro, 54, both residents of Barangay Marcos, also in Magallanes town are still missing as of press time.

Initial investigation conducted by the Agusan del Norte police showed that the pump boat MBCA Jay 2 rapidly took in water and sank after it maneuvered to port by its skipper, Manuel Batistil.


Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on June 15, 2016 at 6:10am

'It was flat calm … the wave came from nowhere'

Seven people rescued after boat started to sink off Kangaroo Island

June 14, 2016 5:09am

CHRIS Kennedy is a lucky man after surviving his third boat capsize on Kangaroo Island.

What started out as a beautiful, calm fishing day was met with panic as a freak wave hit a charter carrying its skipper and six people onboard and the boat flipped sideways.

The boat ran into trouble about 1.30pm at North Page Island near American River, between Penneshaw and Kingscote.

Mr Kennedy, 59, of Littlehampton, was on a fishing trip with his son and other work mates and they decided to stop at an island to take photos of seals.

The passengers in their life boat, before the rescue. Pic: Nine News

“It was flat calm, and the wave just came from nowhere,” Mr Szczepanik said.

“It lifted us up and threw us front on and then sideways.

“The skipper, Alan, tried to reverse out then it hit us again and then we went sideways in the rocks.”

Luckily the passengers and the skipper managed to get into the life raft before they were thrown into the water.

“We had to paddle away from the rocks and slowly towards the island,” Mr Kennedy said.

“It was pretty scary ...(but) we were calm and we had a plan.”

Water had seized the motor and the boat was on its nose from the impact of the waves.

The survivors waited for up to an hour before another passing boat from Cape Jervis responded to their distress call and came to the rescue.

A Sealink boat also responded to the call for help and, with the skipper, returned to the capsized boat — but the damage was done.

Mr Kennedy said the boat owner was planning his retirement on running charter services but his livelihood was now on hold.

“They had to sink the boat,” he said.

All seven survivors were being brought back to Wirrina Cove, south of Normanville, where they had started their journey earlier on Tuesday.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on June 6, 2016 at 2:53am

Several boats capsize in Lake Ontario off Burlington

BURLINGTON — Halton Police say all passengers were accounted for after a sudden wind Sunday afternoon capsized four catamarans near Spencer Smith Park in Lake Ontario.

The catamarans were 500 to 600 metres offshore at 2:40 p.m. when they overturned throwing at least four people in the water who were all wearing life jackets.

Halton, Hamilton and Peel Police marine units as well as the volunteer rescue group TOWARF and the Burlington Fire Department responded. Halton Police Staff Sgt. Gerard Kelly said three people were plucked from the water with a fourth person making it to shore by swimming.

"As it stands now everyone is accounted for and there were no real injuries in regard to this," he said.

Police learned of the incident after receiving numerous calls from people onshore who saw the boats overturn.

"A quick storm came through south Burlington with high winds and we were told at least four catamarans went over on their sides," said Kelly.

As of 4:30 p.m. Sunday "two of the boats had been righted and they are trying to right the other two."

The winds also put an early end to the Appleby Line Street Festival. Gusting winds lifted tents and blew bouncy castles into nearby trees.

The annual festival was halted shortly before 3 p.m. Several people were treated for cuts and scrapes and Halton EMS transported one male to hospital.

The City of Burlington confirmed that the festival was closed about an hour earlier than usual due to safety concerns. Burlington Hydro also responded to the area due to the reports of power outages.

With files from the Burlington Post

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on June 3, 2016 at 4:39am

June 2, 2016 | 9:30 PM

Good Samaritan rescues 22 people, including schoolchildren, after b...

June 2, 2016 | 9:30 PM

Twenty-two people, including more than a dozen school-aged children who were on a field trip researching wildlife, were rescued Wednesday evening from a sinking boat in a remote part of Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay.

The incident unfolded around 5:30 p.m. when the U.S. Coast Guard received a mayday call after the 40-foot boat struck an unidentified object near Bloodsworth Island, an area north of the town of Crisfield in Dorchester County.

Aboard the boat, which belonged to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, was a group of fourth-grade students, parents and teacher chaperones from the private Kent School in Chestertown, Maryland, which said it has done a similar trip annually for the past 10 years to allow students to learn about the bay and species that live in it.

But on Wednesday, the boat ran into trouble and immediately began “taking on water” and started sinking, according to officials with the Maryland Natural Resources Police.

The 14 fourth-graders, five adult chaperones and three crew members had on life jackets or immediately put them on, according to police officials. Kent School officials said the students also put on a second life jacket on the boat.

Those aboard were quickly rescued by a waterman who was either fishing or crabbing nearby, police officials said. The man maneuvered his boat close enough to the sinking one so that he and his crew members could help the parents, kids and crew get on board and to safety.

“They were hanging on top of the boat,” said Candy Thomson, a spokeswoman with Maryland’s Natural Resources Police. “The boat was sinking slowly enough that it gave everyone a chance to put their life jackets on, and that was a godsend.”

She said the good Samaritan likely heard the mayday call on the marine radio or saw the boat sinking.

By the time rescuers from local police and fire units, along with the state’s natural resources police, arrived, the waterman had rescued everyone, officials said.

“It is always hard to say what the outcome would have been,” Thomson said of the efforts of the waterman. “In a vessel with 14 children aboard that goes down in a remote area, that’s trouble.”

“We were lucky in two respects – one, everybody was in life jackets and two, that waterman was nearby.”

The waterman took those he rescued to Wingate, a small town along the Honga River, officials said. The captain of the boat was airlifted to an area hospital. His condition was not known but was said not to be life-threatening.

The others who had been on the boat were taken to area hospitals for checkups and were treated for minor injuries and released, according to authorities.

The Coast Guard is investigating the incident.


Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on May 28, 2016 at 10:32pm

Boat capsize: Rescuers battle rough seas

Boat with 32 tourists plus four crew capsized in Thailand

Thai rescue workers battled rough seas Saturday as they resumed the search for a British man missing after a speedboat accident that left three foreign women dead, police said.

The boat, which was carrying 32 tourists plus four crew, capsized Thursday afternoon after it was slammed by a wave near a rocky stretch of coast on Koh Samui, a popular island in the Gulf of Thailand.

Thai officials say three women -- from the United Kingdom, Germany and Hong Kong --  died in the accident, which threw all of the passengers overboard, trapping some under the ship's hull.

Forty rescue workers continued searching Saturday for a missing British man, said an officer from the island's tourist police force.

"The obstacle for today is the rough seas, but we will try our best," Thanakorn Pattananun told AFP.

The tourist was travelling with his wife, who survived the accident, he added.

The boats that ferry tourists around Thailand's popular beaches are notoriously reckless and life vests are often in short supply.

Police have charged the Thai captain who drove the tour boat with negligence leading to deaths and injuries, a crime that carries up to 10 years in prison.

Britain's Foreign Office said Saturday it was in touch with Thai authorities and the victims' families.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on April 30, 2016 at 8:02am

Nine anglers rescued after boat capsizes

KOTA KINABALU: Nine anglers, including seven tourists from Hong Kong, were rescued after their boat, lashed by large waves, capsized in the waters in front of Sutera Harbour yesterday evening.

The victims comprised seven tourists from Hong Kong, aged 42 and 60, and two local men, including the boat skipper, in their 30s.

They were plucked from the waters by marine police who came in three patrol boats around 4pm after they had held on to the 28-foot fiberglass boat for about 20 minutes.

City police chief ACP M. Chandra said only two men, both Hong Kong tourists, were injured.

“They are reported to be in stable condition after being treated by paramedics.

“None of them were admitted to hospital as they only sustained minor injuries,” he said yesterday.

According to Chandra, investigation revealed that the group left Sembulan jetty at 8am for Pulau Tiga for a fishing trip.

“Around 2pm, the group decided to move to Pulau Mamutic to continue their fishing trip.

“Around 3.30pm, they decided to call it a day and return back to Kota Kinabalu. While on their way back, it started to rain heavily with strong winds, causing the boat to capsize.

All the men were taken to the marine police jetty where they were given medical treatment by paramedics.

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