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 April 14, 2016 at 4:37am

Five rescued from Kangaroo Island waters after boat capsizes

Updated earlier today at 6:53am

Five men have been rescued after their fishing boat capsized about one kilometre off the eastern part of Kangaroo Island in South Australia.

Police said the men let off an emergency flare off Cape Willoughby about 4:50pm.

Police Water Operations coordinated a response with Australian Search and Rescue who contacted a RAAF Orion aircraft flying in the area.

The plane's crew located the upturned boat with the men clinging to the hull of the vessel and relayed their position.

Meanwhile the Sea Link ferry, which had an off-duty police officer on board and had just left Penneshaw on Kangaroo Island heading back to Caper Jervis, was contacted and diverted to the area.

The five men, aged between 35 and 45, were taken on board a recreational fishing vessel that was also in the area and then transferred to the Sea Link vessel.

Police said there were no injuries from the incident.

The 6m upturned fishing vessel was capsized by a large wave and has been towed to shore.


Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on April 12, 2016 at 12:02am

Boat Sinks in the Ventura Harbor

POSTED: 12:55 PM PDT Apr 11, 2016

Boat Sinks in the Ventura Harbor

Henry Galvan

VENTURA, Calif. -

Three fishermen are recovering after the boat they were in capsized. The boat went under in the Ventura Harbor just before 11 p.m. Sunday near the south jetty wall.

Harbor officials said the boat was removed from the water just after 12:30 p.m. Monday.

The men just returned forma commercial fishing trip. Officials said the fishermen were able to get to shore on their own.

All three are doing ok. These pictures of the 50 foot fishing vessel were taken this morning where the boat capsized.

There is no word yet how the boat sunk.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on April 11, 2016 at 9:06pm

PBSO Deputy, 9-Year-Old Son Among 3 Dead in Boating Accident

The group left in a 24-foot Sea Ray boat around 8 a.m. Sunday for a fishing trip

April 10, 2016

A Palm Beach sheriff's deputy and his 9-year-old son are among three family members killed in a boating accident Sunday near Stuart, Florida, according to authorities and family.

Relatives said the missing boaters included Palm Beach County Sheriff's Deputy Fernandas Jones and his son, 9-year-old Jaden. Jones served as a Miami-Dade police officer for 20 years before joining the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, where he worked for a year and half, his wife said.

The first body was found on a beach around 7 a.m. Monday near the House of Refuge at 301 SE MacArthur Blvd., NBC affiliate WPTV in West Palm Beach reports, citing Martin County Fire Rescue. The sheriff's office later tweeted that two other bodies were found.

WPTV's Chopper 5 spotted a capsized boat south of the St. Lucie Inlet at 8:20 a.m., and an MCSO helicopter picking up a man nearby.

The group left in a 24-foot Sea Ray boat around 8 a.m. Sunday for a fishing trip, according to Jones' wife, Michelle, who called authorities around 10 p.m. to report them missing. She said the men usually fished offshore near Stuart or the Intracoastal Waterway.

A small craft advisory was in effect Sunday, meaning strong winds were capable of producing dangerous wave conditions.

Search crews from Lake Worth and Fort Pierce were sent out to search for the missing boaters, according to the Coast Guard.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on April 9, 2016 at 6:45pm

Three missing after fishing boat sinks off scottish coast

09/04/2016 - 10:37:50

Three sailors are missing and one has been taken to hospital after a fishing boat sank off the Western Isles of Scotland.

The coastguard received a distress alert just before 3.45am on Saturday, and the vessel's emergency positioning beacon was activated near Mingulay.

The vessel went down with four crew on board, but one was rescued and taken to hospital by helicopter.

A lifeboat and helicopter remain at the scene so the search can continue.

A Maritime & Coastguard Agency spokeswoman said the vessel went down in relatively calm weather conditions.

She said: "In the early hours of April 9 a fishing vessel sank off the Western Isles, Scotland, with four crew on board.

"The UK Coastguard received a distress alert just before 3.45 this morning when the fishing vessel's emergency positioning beacon (EPIRB) was activated near Mingulay.

"The coastguard search and rescue helicopter based at Stornoway has been searching the area along with the Barra RNLI lifeboat.

"One crew member has been taken to hospital by the helicopter.

"The lifeboat remains in the area and the coastguard search and rescue helicopter from Prestwick has taken over so the search can continue."

A Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) spokesman said: "The MAIB has deployed a team to conduct an investigation."

and another:

Ship runs aground at decommissioned Swedish nuclear plant

April 8, 2016
The Associated Press


STOCKHOLM (AP) — A ship used to transport nuclear waste ran aground Friday at a decommissioned nuclear power in southern Sweden, authorities said.

The Swedish Maritime Administration says M/S Sigrid had no dangerous cargo aboard and was on its way into the harbor outside the Barseback nuclear plant whose reactors were closed in 1999 and 2005.

The government agency said the cause of the grounding was unclear. There were no reports of leakages from the ship, nor had the hull been damaged. A pilot was onboard the M/S Sigrid when it ran aground.

The agency later said a tugboat was on location and divers would investigate the hull later Friday

The entrance to the port is sensitive to winds, the administration said. The case was not considered as a rescue operation because the vessel has not sent out an emergency call, it added.

The plant is set to be dismantled starting in 2023. All nuclear fuel, which contained most of the radioactive substances, has already been removed, according to the plant's website.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on April 2, 2016 at 1:29am

Boaters rescued after capsize during tornado warning in Terrebonne Parish, Sheriff's Office says

Published  5:42 PM CDT Apr 01, 2016

TERREBONNE PARISH, La. —Two boaters were rescued after their vessel capsized in Lake Junop on Friday during a tornado warning in Terrebonne Parish, the Sheriff's Office said.

About 1:30 p.m., the Sheriff's Office said it received a distress call from the two boaters.

The duo, both from the Dularge area, were aboard a 32-foot-long oyster fishing boat when a "tornado quickly approached them," according to the Sheriff's Office.

"The tornado caused their boat to flip and partially sink," the Sheriff's Office said in a news release. "Water patrol deputies responded to the call and quickly located the two adult males."

The men were found standing on top of the partially sunken vessel. They were both rescued and no injuries were reported.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on March 28, 2016 at 2:56am

Boat sinks in Albay; 1 dies, 104 survive

Legazpi City, Albay — A ferry boat carrying at least 105 people from this city to Rapu-Rapu Island sank in the sea in the afternoon of Black Saturday, killing the 90-year-old boat operator and prompting a swift rescue that saved the rest on board.

Legazpi, Albay (Photo courtesy of Google Maps)

Legazpi, Albay (Photo courtesy of Google Maps)

Police Officer 1 Noel Calmante said rescue boats from the Philippine Coast Guard based in this province and the Rapu-Rapu Municipal Police Station (MPS) were quick to come to the aid of the sinking “M/B St. Therese” at 2:29 p.m.

However, its boat operator – Teodolo Agarin – suffered an apparent heart attack and died while the boat was sinking.

“Ayon po sa aming initial investigation, may tumamang matigas sa may makina nung bangka at nabutas yung body nito at saka pinasok nung tubig (Based on our initial investigation, a hard object struck the engine and punctured a hole in the hull so the boat took in water),” Calmante said.

He said the boat was not overloaded since its capacity is for 150 passengers and it only had 93 passengers plus 12 crew members when it left the Port of Legazpi.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on March 28, 2016 at 2:15am

Rogue Wave Causes SFFD Training Boat To Capsize, Four Hospitalized

A San Francisco Fire Department training vessel, Rescue Boat 1, was overturned by a single rogue wave Saturday morning, throwing seven firefighters into the surf. As ABC 7 reports, the situation turned quickly scary despite the fact that the firefighters were all experienced swimmers, and four firefighters were taken to the hospital to be treated for hypothermia and minor injuries. One remained there overnight.

San Francisco Deputy Fire Chief Mark Gonzales says that conditions started out pretty calm for the 30-foot boat. "Conditions were calm, as I understand it. What I do understand there was a big wave that came up, what some might call a rogue wave came and flipped the boat," he tells the station.

According to KRON 4, "Good Samaritans in fishing boats rescued two firefighters," and "Two others were able to swim ashore and rescuers with the fire department helped the remaining three."

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on March 25, 2016 at 12:38am

Nearly 60 New York students treated after crew boats capsize

Thursday, March 24, 2016 6:41 am | Updated: 7:09 am, Thu Mar 24, 2016.

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (AP) — Emergency officials say nearly 60 high school students have been treated after their crew boats capsized in high winds on a frigid New York river.

The Poughkeepsie Journal reports the boats turned over around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday during a practice on the Hudson River near the city of Poughkeepsie, about 70 miles north of New York City.

Officials say 57 students were evaluated and provided warmth due to their exposure to the cold water. Five students were taken to a hospital.

Authorities say the calm river turned rough after winds picked up, causing several boats to capsize. Students were pulled from the river by coaches in nearby boats.

The incident happened during a practice involving multiple schools.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on March 19, 2016 at 8:48pm

*VIDEO RELEASE* Coast Guard saves 5 people after boat sinks 10 miles west of Crystal River, Fla.

Crewmembers from Coast Guard Station Yankeetown, Florida, rescued five people from the water after their boat sank 10 miles west of Crystal River, Florida, Saturday, May 9, 2015. The people were taken to Pete's Pier in Crystal River without any reported injuries. U.S. Coast Guard video. Also available in high definition.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Coast Guard rescued five people from the water after their 48-foot boat sank 10 miles west of Crystal River, Florida, Saturday night.

At 9:27 p.m. watchstanders from Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg received a call via VHF-FM radio channel 16 from a man stating his boat was taking on water with a total of five people aboard, all wearing life jackets.

A 27-foot Response Boat-Small from Coast Guard Station Yankeetown, Florida, and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew were launched.

At 10:05 p.m. watchstanders at the sector were notified that the vessel was sinking and all people aboard the boat were going into the water. Watchstanders directed the people to stay with the vessel and launch a handheld red flare when they saw rescue personnel.

At 10:27 p.m. the RB-S boatcrew arrived on scene, observed a single handheld flare, located the people and pulled them out of the water. The people were taken to Pete's Pier in Crystal River without any reported injuries.

The Jayhawk crew stayed on scene until all the people were recovered safely.

The owner is coordinating salvage plans.

"These people did everything right, in the midst of danger," said Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Wheatley, an operations specialist at the sector. "They had all the proper safety equipment including a marine radio, life jackets and flares, and they used them properly."

Comment by Scott on March 15, 2016 at 10:26pm

General cargo vessel sinks off Quanzhou (3/15/16)

A Chinese general cargo vessel, Shenzhou 33, capsized and sank near Quanzhou in Fujian yesterday in a severe storm.

The local maritime safety administration sent a rescue team and saved all crewmembers of the vessel who had managed to get into lifeboats.

Currently the authorities have informed the nearby vessels to avoid the wreckage site and started investigations into the incident.

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