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 May 24, 2015 at 8:06am

Fishing boat with 500 gallons of diesel sinks in Ilwaco Channel

May 23, 2015 at 5:37 PM, updated May 23, 2015 at 5:48 PM

ILWACO, Wash. — The Coast Guard is monitoring a sunken fishing vessel in Ilwaco Channel for possible pollution and as a potential hazard to navigation.

Coast Guard pollution responders and investigators arrived on the scene around 8:40 a.m. Saturday. A light sheen has been reported in the area. The boat has up to 500 gallons of diesel fuel aboard the vessel.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Katelyn Shearer reports the Coast Guard office in Warrenton, Oregon, received a report from a good Samaritan early Saturday that the 37-foot fishing vessel Four Forty was stuck in a piling in the channel. Shearer says the good Samaritan also rescued two people from that vessel before it sank in about 40 feet of water.

The Coast Guard says the owner of the fishing boat is working with a salvage company to remove it from the channel.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on May 24, 2015 at 7:56am

Boat sinks 4 miles south of Perdido Pass, vessel named 'Heck Yeah' came to help

At approximately noon on Saturday, Alabama Marine Patrol  received a report of a vessel in distress approximately four miles south of Perdido Pass in Orange Beach according to a press release from ALEA.

Alabama Marine Patrol responded from the Ole River area along with the Orange Beach Fire Department. While responding to the call, the vessel sank sending all the passengers into the water.

Swimmers were deployed to assist, but a nearby boat was able to assist.

A fishing vessel named  "Heck Yeah"  altered its course and responded to the call for help. The vessel Heck Yeah arrived on scene prior to emergency responders and was able to recover all six people from the water.

The vessel Heck Yeah transported the victims to the Alabama Marine Patrol facility at Alabama Point in Orange Beach. A local salvage company responded to the scene to recover the vessel.

No major injuries were reported. Sea conditions were four to five feet and rough, according to Marine Patrol.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on May 16, 2015 at 12:45am

At least 750 migrants rescued off Indonesia by local fishermen after boat sinks, police say

Updated 15 May 2015, 20:35 AEST

More than 750 Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants arrived in Indonesia on Friday after they were rescued by local fishermen.

More than 750 Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants have arrived in Indonesia after they were rescued by fishing boats when their boat sank off the coast of Aceh province, police say.

Indonesian police said passengers aboard one vessel carrying 712 people recounted how their boat sank off the east coast of Indonesia after earlier being driven away by Malaysia.

"According to initial information we got from them, they were pushed away by the Malaysian navy to the border of Indonesian waters," said Sunarya, police chief in the city of Langsa where the migrants arrived.

Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand have vowed to turn back stricken boats.

They were killing each other, throwing people overboard. 

Local police chief Sunarya

However, this did not stop local fishermen from going to the rescue of the latest boatload of forlorn, emaciated migrants — including 61 children — to arrive in the country's waters.

Forty-seven people from another vessel were rescued not far down the coast after the hungry passengers leapt into the water pleading with local fishing boats to help them.

Over the past week, nearly 2,500 have drifted onto the shores of Malaysia and Indonesia.

Desperate scenes in the high seas

Officials described harrowing scenes on the packed boat, with the vessel half under water by the time it was found and children swimming around it.

The migrants had been at sea for two months, authorities said.

The people were taken to a warehouse in Langsa looking exhausted with many wearing just shorts and sarongs.

"They were killing each other, throwing people overboard," Mr Sunarya said.

"Because (the boat) was overcapacity, some people had to go and probably they were defending themselves."

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on May 10, 2015 at 6:45pm

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

May 11, 2015

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

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 Starr DiGiacomo on May 8, 2015 at 4:46am

Wanted to add an additional link which states 30 foot waves sank the yacht.

Girl Dies After Yacht Sinks: 30-Foot Waves In Atlantic Ocean To Blame

Girl yacht sinks dies

A girl died after a yacht sank off the coast of Portugal.

According to ABC News, the 6-year-old French girl was with her family when 30-footwaves overtook their yacht, causing it to sink. While the girl’s mother and her 9-year-old brother were able to take refuge in a lifeboat, the young girl and her father were stranded in the ocean for hours.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on May 8, 2015 at 3:39am

Girl dies of hypothermia after yacht sinks

According to The Guardian newspaper, a six-year-old French girl died from hypothermia on Thursday after a yacht she and her family were on capsized during the night off the mid-Atlantic Azores islands. 

“The little girl spent seven and a half hours in water that was 21 degrees Celsius (70 degrees Fahrenheit) before she and her father were recovered by a Spanish hospital ship," a Portuguese navy spokesman Commander Paulo Vicente told AFP.

The girl’s mother and nine-year-old brother had managed to climb into a liferaft after their vessel capsized, and were rescued during the night. The girl and her father were wearing life jackets which kept them afloat all night. Rescue came the next morning when a Portuguese air force plane spotted them in the water.

The Guardian reported that the family’s boat sank about 550 nautical miles (1,000 kilometres) to the southwest of the Portuguese islands. Weather conditions were very rough and although they were starting to improve on Thursday, some waves were still five metres (16 feet) high.

Eight people sailing on three other boats have been rescued in the area since Wednesday, the Portuguese navy said.
Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on May 6, 2015 at 6:33pm

Migrant boat sinks, dozens feared dead, report says

London (CNN)Dozens of migrants are feared to have drowned Sunday after falling from a boat into the Mediterranean Sea, the aid organization Save the Children said Tuesday.

The report is one of many describing migrants dying at sea. Thousands of people are leaving North Africa every month aboard crowded vessels to escape desperate conditions and reach European shores.

Rescue vessel was approaching

Sunday's deaths happened as a rescue vessel approached the migrants, Save the Children said, citing interviews it conducted with survivors after they arrived at the port of Catania, on the Italian island of Sicily. The aid organization said it feared that 40 people had died.

"The commercial ship Zeran picked up two separate dinghies since Sunday, both of which set off from Libya," Save the Children said in a statement.

"One had more than 100 people, all survivors," the statement said. "The other had approximately 137 people on board. They have all been brought to Catania port in Sicily this morning and are disembarking right now. They are from Ghana, Gambia, Senegal and Ivory Coast (so far). We believe there are at least 30 minors (under 18s) so far but all the arrivals still need to be interviewed. There are at least 2 younger children (5-7 years old)."

Dozens reportedly fell into the sea

The statement said that Save the Children's Giovanna di Benedetto had interviewed some of the men from the second dinghy.

Three of those men reported that "dozens of people had fallen into the sea when they saw the commercial boat approach and they had drowned as they couldn't swim. Five dead bodies have been brought to Catania," Save the Children said.

The aid organization said it was not yet clear whether the bodies were those of people who drowned or whether they were already dead on the dinghy.

Italian coast guard recovers 10 bodies

The Italian coast guard said it couldn't confirm the charity's report, though it said 10 bodies were recovered Sunday in three separate rescue operations in the Mediterranean. It said six operations were currently going on.

The coast guard said that, between Friday and Tuesday, 8,300 migrants had been saved.

As of mid-April, more than 1,700 people had died or gone missing this year in the sea that touches Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, according to the U.N. refugee agency.

But tens of thousands more migrants have reached Europe by crossing the Mediterranean. Some 36,390 people managed to reach Italy, Greece and Malta in the first few months of 2015, an agency spokeswoman Melissa Fleming said last month.

Italy's coast guard said that more than 3,400 migrants were saved in 16 operations off Libya's coast on Saturday alone.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on May 4, 2015 at 4:29am

limk to:

Costa Rica scare as ship carrying chemicals sinks

  • MAY 3, 2015, 9:09 PM
  • A Costa Rican coast guard boat monitors the beach in Puntarenas, 95 km north of San Jose, on May 3, 2015, after authorities declared an emergency after a ship carrying 180 tons of ammonium nitrate sank off the country's Pacific coast© AFP Ezequiel BecerraA Costa Rican coast guard boat monitors the beach in Puntarenas, 95 km north of San Jose, on May 3, 2015, after authorities declared an emergency after a ship carrying 180 tons of ammonium nitrate sank off the country's Pacific coast

    San José (AFP) - Costa Rican authorities declared an emergency after a ship carrying 180 tons of ammonium nitrate sunk off the country's Pacific coast.

    The National Emergency Commission (CNE) urged people to avoid swimming at beaches and suspend fishing in the region off the port of Puntarenas, 90 kilometers (55 miles) west of the capital.

    The CNE said the accident occurred on Saturday when the boat sank in heavy seas. Two crew members were rescued without incident, the CNE said.

    Ammonium nitrate is often used in the manufacture of fertilizers and explosives, and can be dangerous to health in cases of direct contact with the chemical.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on May 3, 2015 at 1:55am

Migrants drown in boat capsize off Egypt, dozens saved off Libya

A boat carrying migrants trying to reach Europe has capsized in the Mediterranean near the coast of Egypt, killing three people. Meanwhile, more than 400 others have been rescued from vessels off Libya.

Three people drowned and 31 were rescued after a trawler bound for Europe capsized near the Egyptian city of Idku on Saturday, local media reported.

The passengers, believed to be from Syria, Eritrea, Sudan and Egypt, were later arrested by coastguards.

In a separate incident on Saturday, a French navy patrol ship pulled 217 people from three small boats that had run into difficulty in waters off Libya. Maritime police said in a statement that two suspected people smugglers had been arrested and handed over to Italian authorities, along with the rescued migrants.

It was the first rescue operation by France since a decision by European leaders last week to boost patrols in the Mediterranean in a bid to prevent migrant drownings.

Meanwhile, Italy's Coast Guard reported helping a group of some 200 people aboard rubber dinghies spotted drifting south of Sicily on Friday. The migrants from sub-Saharan Africa were taken to the Italian island of Lampedusa on Saturday morning.

Dangerous trip

Scores of people fleeing violence and poverty in the Middle East and Africa have sought to cross the Mediterranean Sea by boat in the hope of reaching European shores. Many travel in crowded unseaworthy vessels, having paid steep fees to people smugglers to make the perilous journey.

There was an outcry last month when a migrant boat en route to Europe capsized off the coast of Libya, killing more than 700 people. Following the disaster, EU leaders agreed to triple funding for the bloc's Triton border protection mission, as well as to send more ships to the region to help in search and rescue operations.

France, Britain and Germany were among the countries that pledged to contribute patrol boats to prevent further loss of life. Two ships from the German navy were dispatched on Friday.

Comment by KM on April 28, 2015 at 10:50pm

More than 150 passengers rescued from burning ferry in the Mediterranean en route from Mallorca to Spanish mainland 

  • The Sorrento began billowing smoke as it travelled across Mediterranean 
  • Passengers and crew were forced to evacuate the ship on lifeboats 
  • All 150 on board were safely rescued after operation by emergency services 

More than 150 passengers had to be rescued from a burning ferry that was crossing Mediterranean en route from Mallorca to the Spanish mainland.

Spanish emergency services managed to safely evacuate the passengers from the vessel, which was travelling to the port of Valencia, government and port authorities confirmed.

It came after the 'Sorrento' ferry, belonging to the Italian company Atlantica di Navigazione although operated by Trasmediterranea-Acciona sent out distress signals.

The Sorrento ferry ablaze in the Mediterranean after it caught fire while travelling to Valencia from the island of Mallorca 

The Sorrento ferry ablaze in the Mediterranean after it caught fire while travelling to Valencia from the island of Mallorca 

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