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 October 28, 2014 at 7:19pm

India boat capsize kills 3 Russia tourists

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 29, 2014 at 9:35pm

Two drown, 13 hurt as 2 boats capsize

Our Correspondent, Brahmanbaria

Two women drowned and at least 13 others were injured when two passenger boats capsized in Rasulpur beel (water body) and Titas River in Nabinagar upazila at the same time on Sunday evening.

The deceased are Kohinoor Begum, 36, wife of Abdul Bari, and Begum Akhter, 40, wife of Phul Mia of Kurighar village in the upazila.

Local sources said two engine driven boats, each carrying 50 to 55 passengers, were heading towards Kurighar village and Nabinagar upazila headquarters from Gukarna Ghat in Sadar upazila on Sunday afternoon.

As the Kurighar-bound boat reach the middle of the water body around 5:30pm, it overturned due to strong current and sank. Two women went missing and at least 10 others were injured in the incident.

At the same time, the other boat, which was heading for Nabinagar sank in Titas River duo to the same reason. At least three passengers were injured in the boat capsize.

Seeing the boats sinking, four engine boats from nearby places rushed to the spot and rescued the injured passengers. The boatmen, later, recovered the bodies of the two women.

The other passengers of the two boats, however, managed to swim ashore.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 25, 2014 at 6:54am

Paraguay: 13 Missing After Tourist Boat Capsizes

At least three people were dead and 13 were missing after a tourist boat capsized in the Paraguay River during a storm at the town of Carmelo Peralta in northern Paraguay, authorities said Wednesday night.

Aldo Saldivar, operations manager at the state National Emergency Secretariat, said the boat was carrying 11 Paraguayan crew members and 16 Brazilian tourists.

Saldivar said the tourists were on a fishing expedition to the Pantanal, a wetlands region straddling the border with Brazil about 370 miles (600 kilometers) north of Paraguay's capital, Asuncion.

He said the boat capsized in the harbor of Carmelo Peralta. "Apparently the accident occurred during a strong storm," he said.

Saldivar said 11 of the 27 people on the boat had been able to swim to shore after the vessel turned over. Navy divers were called in to look for the missing and three bodies had been recovered before the search was suspended at nightfall, he said

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 22, 2014 at 4:09am

53 rescued from capsized ship

Philippine Navy (PN) personnel successfully rescued all 53 passengers of a passenger vessel that capsized in the waters off Talisay City, Cebu last Friday.

Lieutenant Commander Marineth Domingo of the Naval Public Affairs Office (NPAO) said a motorized passenger boat, M/B Cruiser Sam and Shorty, was on its way to Clarin, Bohol from Pasil Wharf, Cebu City when the vessel capsized in the vicinity of Lauis Ledge, Talisay City at around 3:20 p.m. Friday.

She said members of the Naval Special Operations Unit (NAVSOU) assigned to the Naval Forces Central immediately responded and conducted search and rescue operations.

The NAVSOU arrived at the area of the incident on board two rubber boats. PN vessels VU 471 and BRP Subanon (AT 291) were also deployed to help in the search.

Seventeen passengers were immediately rescued and was brought to Captain Veloso Pier, Naval Forces Central, said Domingo. “They were immediately given food and warm clothing,” she added.

By 8 p.m. Friday, Domingo said 14 more passengers were rescued.

The SAR operation continued and as of 4 a.m. yesterday, PN personnel were able to rescue 53 people who were aboard the capsized M/B Cruiser Sam and Shorty.

Domingo said those rescued include 32 adult males, 14 adult females, and seven children.

“They were immediately transported to Pier 1, Mandaue City, Cebu and was subsequently turned over to Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Central for proper documentation as of 5 this morning,” said Domingo.

Quoting the survivors of the sunken motorboat, the Navy said “the sea was so rough that it had caused panic to all the passengers on board. It subsequently caused the boat to tilt and list, and made the water come inside the boat and soon after capsized.”

“The passengers reported that there were no casualties on the said incident, all were accounted for,” said Domingo. (Elena L. Aben)

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 16, 2014 at 8:04pm

Boat with 32 tourists on board capsizes in Osa during whale-watching tour

September 16th, 2014 ( A boat carrying 32 tourists as part of a whale-watching tour in Bahia Uvita in Osa, Puntarenas, capsized yesterday morning after being struck by a powerful wave.

Other nearby tourist vessels immediately responded to the scene to assist, and none of the occupants – all of whom were wearing life jackets – were injured in the incident.

Most of the tourists were Costa Rican nationals, according to reports.

The National Emergency Commission (CNE) issued a warning on Sunday of possible rough seas along the Pacific coast through Tuesday.

Area tour operators have been busy recently following the arrival of Humpback whales in the area.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 15, 2014 at 9:47pm

500 Feared Dead as Migrant Boat Sinks Off Malta

An estimated 500 migrants died when their boat sank while making the desperate sea crossing from North Africa to Europe, officials said Monday. According to two survivors picked up separately and interviewed by the International Organization of Migration, the vessel was rammed by the migrants' own traffickers after the refugees refused to transfer to a less sea-worthy boat. The survivors, both Palestinians, clung to a life ring until a merchant vessel spotted them two days later, IOM spokesman Leonard Doyle told NBC News. Seven others slipped below the waves before rescue arrived. The ship, which left the Egyptian city of Damietta on September 6, sank 300 miles off Malta on Thursday.

The number of migrants killed while attempting the crossing has skyrocketed from 700 last year to more than 2,500 so far this year, according to United Nations figures. The IOM was Monday investigating another sinking off Libya that may have killed another 200 people. News of the sinking came as Angelina Jolie, a U.N. special envoy on migration, visited migrant survivors on Malta and toured a navy ship involved in rescues. "We have to understand what drives people to take the fearful step of risking their children's lives on crowded, unsafe vessels," she said in a U.N. statement. "It is the overwhelming desire to find refuge."

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 15, 2014 at 8:14am

Flood ‘14: 20 drown as boat capsizes in swollen Chenab

Published: September 15, 2014

Police officials move people from flood-hit areas around Shershah Bund to safety. PHOTO: ONLINE


Tragedy struck a wedding party on Sunday just as the authorities made desperate efforts to save Muzaffargarh city from the flood-swollen Chenab River, eclipsing in part the valiant struggle by civil and military officials to spare residents and their lands from the raging floodwaters.

Twenty people, including a bridegroom, drowned when a boat carrying a wedding party capsized in rough waters in a flooded rural area near Shershah dyke. Another 18 people were rescued in a 12-hour-long operation involving helicopters and divers of the army and navy.

Muhammad Zahid, who married Mashal three days ago, chartered a boat to carry the couple and their families to their Valima in the Muzaffarabad area. Some of their relatives were on board another boat and the two were moving almost side by side. The boat, which was carrying the couple and another 28 people, went down as it attempted to cross the flooded river.

Rescuers and relatives in the second boat immediately jumped into the rough waters to save the people before army and navy helicopters and divers could reach the site. “We have recovered more bodies. The death toll has now risen to 17, two women were among the dead,” a senior rescue official said, adding that another three persons were missing and believed dead. Eighteen people, including the bride, were rescued.

Ashiq Malik, the medical superintendent of the Nishtar Hospital, said the bodies of two children and bridegroom Muhammad Zahid, 27, were brought there. “I saved my life by holding on to an electricity pole,” the distraught bride, Mashal, told reporters after the tragedy.

Jam Sajjad Hussain, a spokesman for Rescue 1122, claimed the wedding party wanted to the charter the boat despite warnings about the dangerously high waters.

“The family requested to cross the flooded river in the boat and were refused by military officials several times but they kept insisting,” he said. “The waves were moving fast and the family and other people panicked. They were asked to remain calm but they continued to panic, causing the boat to become unbalanced and capsize.”

The rescue operation by Pakistan Army and Pakistan Navy, involving Zulu boats, Alouette helicopters and specialised divers, continued for over 12 hours. A non-commissioned officer of the army, Naib Subedar Anaab Gul, also drowned while rescuing members of the wedding party.

On the other hand, the civil and military authorities were making desperate efforts to save Muzaffargarh and Multan cities. Nearly 700,000 people have evacuated their villages in Muzaffargarh district to dry grounds during the last 48 hours.

Shershah dyke gave in to the mounting pressure in the swollen Chenab River and developed at least 20 breaches which were immediately plugged by army troops. After the Athara Hazari dyke was dynamited, the authorities expected 600,000 cusecs of water in the Chenab River at Multan. However, 800,000 cusecs of water reached Multan from Trimmu Headworks on Sunday.

Doaaba dyke, which serves as a bulwark for Muzaffargarh district against floods, was dynamited twice on Sunday after floodwater swamped some urban areas of the district. Initially, floodwater was released into Taliri Canal – but when the canal burst its banks the authorities decided to breach Doaba dyke.

Floodwater eroded five dykes near Taliri and Ringpur Canals during the last 24 hours. Bakhtiyari dyke was breached in Uch Sharif sub-district of Bahawalpur district late Saturday night near Panjnad Headworks submerging almost 30 villages and displacing 12,000 people. Panjnad Headworks will be bracing for 450,000 cusecs of water on Monday after 23 dykes and embankments were breached in Muzaffargarh, Multan and Bahawalpur districts.

Seetpur Town of Muzaffargarh submerged after a dyke gave in to the pressure of floodwater, leaving 50,000 people in 80 villages shelter-less. Zameendara dyke, another main protection wall in Alipur sub-district collapsed near Malik Araiyn, displacing 15,000 people in 10 villages.

Local administrations in South Punjab districts appear to be helpless due to a paucity of resources and lack of planning. Locals are plugging the breaches and repairing dykes on a self-help basis.

Shuajabad sub-district of Multan was also facing serious threats from floodwater after two bridges collapsed and five dykes breached. Shujabad Canal that protects the eponymous sub-district and urban areas of Multan from floods is also brimming over.

Shaukat Ali, the district coordination officer of Muzaffargarh, claimed that the district was safe and that Doaba dyke was breached to save the city. He added that 120 villages have so far submerged, uprooting 100,000 people from their homes. Kaali Bridge has been closed for traffic in Muzaffargarh after it developed four gashing cracks.

Pakistan Army has evacuated the populations within a radius of half a kilometre of all dykes and embankments where explosives have been planted along the banks of the Chenab River up till Panjnad Headworks and onwards.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 15th, 2014.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 10, 2014 at 2:44am

40 passengers have a narrow escape as boat capsizes in Odisha

Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Kendrapara, Sep 9:

At least 40 ferry passengers had a narrow escape today as they managed to swim ashore to safety after a mechanized boat capsized in river Gobari near the Jambu Ferry Ghat under Mahakalpada police limits in Odisha’s Kendrapara district, police said.

However, nine motor cycles that fell into the river when the boat capsized could not be retrieved, said Nilakantha Bhoi, tehsildar Mahakalpada.

Bhoi said the boat was overloaded far beyond its capacity and that is what led to its capsize. He also said the boat didn’t have safety equipment like life saving jackets.

The tehsildar said legal action will be initiated against the errant private boat owner, adding that the boat’s driver has been arrested.

He said there would be an inquiry to find out if the boat had the mandatory fitness certificate from the inland water transport department for ferrying passengers.

The state government’s new guidelines prescribe that only those boats which have safety gadgets, insurance cover, eco-friendly and less noisy engines are eligible to get license to ferry passengers.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 6, 2014 at 8:10am

10 drown in Lake Albert, 4 bodies retrieved

AT least 17 people have drowned in Lake Albert with 4 bodies so far retrieved while 7 people were rescued alive.

The chairman Nguse Beach Management Unit (BMU) David Musinguzi told New Vision that two boats capsized when fishermen who had gone on night duty were blown by strong winds a few meters to the dock.

“We heard alarms as people yelled for help from the waters and we immediately used another boat to rescue them,” said Musinguzi. He said that out of the 17 they only managed to rescue 7.

The accident occurred at Nguse Landing Site in Ndaiga sub county Kibaale district at around 4AM on Friday.

Musinguzi said that the efforts to save the other people were hampered by the heavy down pour and the strong winds that raged on for hours.

“We also feared for our lives as we tried to rescue these people,” said Musinguzi.

Anatoli Nyakojo, one of the survivors told New Vision that the big boat had 17 people on board while the small one had only 3 people including himself.

“I’m even speechless because I was saved by the grace of God,” said Nyakojo.

He said that the small boat which was loaded with fish did not capsize but was also blown by the winds as it was just about to land with their catch.

Nyakoojo said that the winds blew them back into the waters and the bigger boat which had 17 people on board capsized sending all the occupants into water.

The dead have been identified as Byaruhanga, Boniface Marirwe, Joseph Mutoro, Bosco Muhereza, Mbaziira, Kalidi Kato, Mukiza and Baguma Patrick Amooti among others.

Some of the survivors have been identified as Anatoli Nyakoojo, Yoona, Mjuuza, Asiimwe and Chance.

Musinguzi said that the search for other bodies is ongoing but he cast doubts on whether there were any more survivors left.

The district fisheries officer Francis Gwazo said that the waters of Lake Albert are turbulent and characterized by strong winds.

“We are experiencing strong winds and waves on the lake coupled with heavy rains,” said Gwazo.

Gwazo said that he was supposed to travel to Nguse on Thursday evening but cancelled the trip due to the strong waves that are on the waters.

The district criminal investigations officer for Kibaale, Ben Mugisha, said that the case has been reported and efforts have been made to communicate to the marine unit so that police could also join the search efforts.

“It is true that the boat capsized and we are searching for any survivors and the bodies,” said Mugisha.

Unlike the nasty accident this year which claimed over 110 Congolese refugees who were escaping from Kyangwali Refugee Camp, these were all Ugandans who had gone fishing.


The dead are from the sub counties of Muhorro town council and Ndaiga sub county.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 29, 2014 at 2:23pm

Boat carrying 12 foreigners capsizes in Ha Long Bay, no casualties

Ha Long - Friday, August 29, 2014 11:09

The area where the Tung Trang tourism boat sank on August 28. Photo: Nhu Minh
A boat carrying 12 foreign tourists capsized in Ha Long Bay on Thursday in strong wind and heavy rain; all were safely rescued.
The accident happened at around 2:15pm as the Tung Trang boat was cruising near the Ga ChoiIsle. In addition to the dozen passengers, the boat was carrying a tour guide and seven crew members.
A tropical depression in the East Sea created the strong wind and heavy rain that ultimately capsized the boat, which sank within two minutes.
Everyone aboard managed to put on a life jacket in time and were rescued by nearby boats coordinated by the bay's rescue team.
The tourists were visiting Ha Long Bay through the Hanoi-based Vietnam Open Tour.
Rescuers are trying to salvage the boat that went down with the passengers' property.
Quang Ninh provincial authorities are investigating the accident, which appears to have been caused by incliment weather.
They have committed to reimbursing them for any losses.
However, the bay authorities only stopped boats from leaving at 1pm--roughly 20 minutes after the Tung Trang boat departed.
At 8:30pm, strong waves sank the Binh Minh while it was docked at Bai Chay Wharf; no one was aboard.
At that time, three other boats carrying a total of 78 tourists were unable to dock due to strong waves. Military vessels were deployed to take them ashore, Dan Viet reported.

All tourists were safely rescued. 
On Thursday night, about 18 boats that left before the departure ban managed to dock in the bay overnight with 342 tourists--254 of whom were foreigners.
Meanwhile, a cargo ship sank near Bach Long Vi Island due to rough weather. Six members of the Phu Cuong 0148's abandoned the vessel before it went down.
Ha Long Bay was recognized as UNESCO’s World Heritage. The popular tourist destination in northern Vietnam attracted 4.8 million tourists in the first half of this year--1.3 million of whom were foreigners.



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