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 November 17, 2015 at 3:16am

Northern California boats capsize, 9 people and a dog pulled from rough waters


Published: 11/16/15 9:51 am EST

TOMALES, California — Authorities say nine people and a dog were rescued in two incidents during windy and high-surf conditions in the San Francisco Bay Area on Sunday.

The San Jose Mercury News reports ( Monday that Marin County Fire Department Battalion Chief Bret McTigue says four kayakers and a dog were dumped into the water from 4-foot waves off Sacramento Landing Sunday morning.

They were dumped into the water from 4-foot waves off Sacramento Landing, at about the midpoint of Tomales Bay's western shore.

The fire department and the National Park Service sent boats to retrieve the victims. They treated for hypothermia and released.

Meanwhile, a 14-foot aluminum boat capsized nearby with five people aboard. Authorities found the victims with the help of a California Highway Patrol helicopter crew. They were not seriously injured.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on October 31, 2015 at 7:41pm

22 dead as two boats sink in eastern Aegean Sea

Updated 8:36 AM ET, Fri October 30, 2015

(CNN)Twenty-two people died Friday when two boats sank in the eastern Aegean Sea, a spokeswoman for the Hellenic Coastguards told CNN.

The spokeswoman said 144 people had been rescued.

The Aegean Sea is bounded by Turkey on the east and Greece on the west. Greece -- with its extensive coastline, which is difficult to patrol -- is a common destination for people seeking to enter the European Union.

And some Greek islands lie in the eastern part of the sea, close to the Turkish coast. Once people reach them, they have officially set foot on European Union soil, and they can file claims for the right to stay in the EU.

A tide of families

The Greek spokeswoman said 19 people died Friday off the coast of Kalymnos, a Greek island near the Turkish city of Bodrum. She said 138 people were rescued there.

And she said three people died and six were rescued off the coast of Rhodes, a Greek island also near the Turkish coast, but further south.

Europe has been overwhelmed this year by a tide of families fleeing war in Syria, as well as poverty and violence in other countries in the Middle East and North Africa.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on October 31, 2015 at 7:34pm

Fishing boat sinks, five missing, 11 rescued

HCM CITY (VNS) — Eleven fishermen were rescued while five others are still missing after their fishing boat sank yesterday in the Soai Rap River near HCM City and Tien Giang Province, according to local rescue officials.

A passing-by ferry discovered the sunk boat, Hoang Phuc, with 16 fishermen on board, and tried to rescued them but they could only help 11.

Director of the Vung Tau’s Maritime Search and Rescue Co-ordination Centre, Region No 3, Luong Truong Phi, said the centre was mobilising all their forces and equipment to search for the remaining five missing fishermen.

A rescue ship from the nearby Can Gio border guard has also been sent to the scene to take part in the rescue. —VNS

Comment by KM on October 26, 2015 at 2:47am

BREAKING NEWS: Whale-watching boat carrying 27 people sinks off the coast of Canada with 'multiple fatalities'

A whale watching vessel carrying 27 people has sunk off the coast of British Colombia with authorities saying there are 'multiple fatalities'.

The boat, which had been sailing in the waters off Tofino, a small town on Vancouver Island, made a mayday call around 4pm, authorities said.

A rescue party was launched and managed to pull some survivors from the water, though some on board the vessel perished.

A whaling boat carrying 27 people has sunk off the coast of Tofino, British Colombia, with rescue workers warning there have been 'several fatalities'

A whaling boat carrying 27 people has sunk off the coast of Tofino, British Colombia, with rescue workers warning there have been 'several fatalities'

Authorities say a search party was launched at around 4pm after receiving a distress call from the boat, though it is not yet known exactly where the vessel sank or why

Authorities say a search party was launched at around 4pm after receiving a distress call from the boat, though it is not yet known exactly where the vessel sank or why

Rescue workers are still believed to be scouring the area where the boat was last seen, and the number of survivors and fatalities is not yet known.

A spokesman for Jamie's Whaling Station, the company that operates the boat, told CBC: 'I hope you can respect all our effort is on the passengers and crew right now.'

A different whale watching company in the area told Global News that the boat sank near Plover Point, on Meares Island. 

They say the entire town of Tofino is assisting emergency workers with the rescue efforts.

A boat operated by Jamie’s also sank near Tofino in 1998, killing a German tourist and the captain of the ship.

Crews are believed to still be searching the waters around Tofino for survivors. They say several people have been pulled from the water alive, though others died

Crews are believed to still be searching the waters around Tofino for survivors. They say several people have been pulled from the water alive, though others died


Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on October 19, 2015 at 10:07am

Boat capsizes in Iloilo-Guimaras strait

Updated 10:15 AM PHT Mon, October 19, 2015

Iloilo City (CNN Philippines) — A pump boat carrying about 37 passengers capsized in Iloilo-Guimaras Strait at around 4 p.m. on Sunday (October 18).

According to the Philippine Coast Guard-Iloilo (PCG), MB Tawash left Iloilo with 37 passengers and five crew members going to Guimaras when it was suddenly blown by strong winds in the middle of the sea causing it to capsize.

Initial reports from PCG revealed that six people died. Some 22 passengers were rescued and immediately rushed to Western Visayas Medical Center in Mandurriao, Iloilo, St. Paul's Iloilo and Iloilo Doctor's Hospital.

The incident was first responded by the Ocean Jet fast craft heading to Iloilo from Negros Occidental.

Lucyl Gatmaitan, fast craft passenger, said it was a heartbreaking scenario for her because she witnessed how some passengers struggled to climb on top of the boat for survival.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on October 19, 2015 at 3:53am

16 Drowned as Boat Sinks in the Black Sea off Ukraine

Ukraine Severe // Boat Accident
16 people were killed, and 20 others were hospitalized after the vessel they were traveling in capsized in the Black Sea near the Ukrainian city of Odessa, authority said on Saturday. According to report from the Ukrainian Interior Ministry, the passenger boat with 36 people on board was on their return trip to the shore in Odessa, when it sank close to Zatoka town. It was still unclear what might have caused the tragedy, but the rescue workers and law enforcement officials continue working at the site of the accident and a criminal probe has been opened into the incident. The Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has also ordered to establish a special task force to investigate the causes of a motorboat accident.
Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on October 14, 2015 at 7:18pm

5 rescued when 1 boat sinks, another strands off Sakonnet

Posted Oct. 14, 2015 at 9:31 AM

LITTLE COMPTON, R.I. -- Five men were rescued from two boats that became disabled, with one eventually sinking, in the water off Sakonnet Point Wednesday night.
Two men on board a 17-foot boat called friends for help when the vessel began taking on water in choppy seas between the Sakonnet Lighthouse and West Island shortly before 11 p.m. Wednesday, said Middletown Fire Capt. Adam Westman.
The three friends arrived to help in a 16-foot boat, but their engine failed.
While the two men in the sinking 17-foot boat were trying to board the 16-foot boat, one cut his head, Westman said.
A 45-foot motor life boat from Coast Guard Station Castle Hill in Newport responded to help, but could not reach the stranded vessels because of the shallow water and rocks.
The Middletown Fire Department's smaller boat did reach the stranded boaters and took them to shore at the Sakonnet Yacht club while the Coast Guard provided light flares, Westman said.
The 17-foot boat sank and the 16-foot was anchored where the rescue took place.
Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on October 13, 2015 at 10:14pm

One dead after fishing boat capsizes near Farallon Islands

One man died and two others survived when the fishing boat they were on capsized near the Farallon Islands off the coast of San Francisco on Saturday, police said.
San Francisco police said the boat with three people on board capsized just off of the Farallon Islands, located roughly 30 miles outside the Golden Gate Bridge.
The incident was reported around 12:30 p.m. Saturday, police said.
When emergency crews arrived at the scene they found one man deceased, one injured and a third who was uninjured.
The Marin County coroner's office is handling the autopsy and was not immediately releasing the victim's identity Tuesday morning.
The two men who survived the capsizing are in their mid 50s and early 60s, police said.
The man in his 60s was transported to Marin General Hospital with injuries that are not considered life-threatening.
Authorities are investigating what caused the boat to capsize and exactly how the man died.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on October 10, 2015 at 6:34am

Massive shipload of cattle sinks in piranha-infested Amazon

A Lebanese-flagged ship carrying 5,000 cows sank in the Amazon River this week, spilling 700 tons of diesel fuel into the hemisphere’s longest waterway.

The “Haidar” sank on Tuesday near the Brazilian city of Belem, on the mouth of the Amazon. Brazilian officials are working around the clock to contain a 2 mile long slick of diesel that’s making its way to the Atlantic Ocean.

The cause of the wreck is still unknown. A cellphone video shows the boat capsizing in front of a local port.

Local residents managed to save some of the boat’s bovine cargo, but most of the cows reportedly drowned in the flooded hull of the ship. Others managed to swim out of the boat, but were dragged down by the current of the piranha-infested waters.

Environmental authorities are collecting and burning hundreds of cattle carcasses that have washed up on shore down river, according to Brazilian website UOL.

The Haidar’s tragedy is not only a Brazilian problem. The large load of cattle, owned by Brazilian beef company Minerva, was headed to Venezuela, a country that has been struggling with food shortages -and long lines at supermarkets- for months.

With price controls, expropriations and economic mismanagement decimating Venezuela’s local cattle industry, the South American country has become increasingly dependent on food imports and gets much of its beef from Brazil.

Venezuelan cattle ranchers estimate that the sunken load was worth around $50 million, but the losses should be covered by the shipping company, according to Minerva.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on October 10, 2015 at 5:15am

12 missing after boat sinks in Bohai Sea

10-09-2015 11:00 BJT

Four people were rescued and another twelve are missing after a fishing boat sank off the coast of Tangshan in north China's Hebei Province.

A local maritime search and rescue center said the boat sank at about 2am in the Bohai Sea. There were 16 people on board. The cause of the accident is being investigated, and rescue work is under way.

Local authorities have mobilized about 80 rescue ships and 6 helicopters to search the area of more than 600 square kilometres, but strong sea winds are adding extra difficulties to the rescue operation.

"Today, we are expanding the maritime search and rescue. Here is where the boat capsized. Inside here is the scope of our maritime search with rescue ships reaching as far as 528 square kilometres. Outside this area, up to 686 square kilometres will be searched by helicopter," said Wang Xiaolei, Maritime Search and Rescue Center of Tangshan

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