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 August 19, 2017 at 7:50pm

NDRF rescues 15 as boat capsizes in Bihar's flood-hit Sitamarhi district

In a dramatic three-hour search-and-rescue operation Thursday evening, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) saved 15 people after their country boat capsized in Bihar’s flood-hit Sitamarhi district.

A team of NDRF received a distress message at 6:07 pm on Thursday, just as it was returning to its base near Behra village in Pupri sub-division of Sitamarhi district after winding up its operation for the day.

The NDRF team, which was close by, immediately rushed to the accident site on their motorised inflatable boats. With passengers of the capsized boat already scattered by the raging water of the Lakhandei river which had overflown its banks, 12 NDRF rescuers plunged into the river and rescued six men, four women and five children.

Commandant of the 9th batallion, NDRF, in Patna, Vijay Sinha said, “The team initially recued 14 people. One person trapped in nearby bushes in an inundated area near the village was also eventually rescued after a search.”

He said the team continued its search for more victims till 9.20pm before calling it off after the sub-divisional magistrate of the area confirmed that all 15 people on the ill-fated boat had been rescued

Around 120 people have already lost their lives due to floods in 15 of Bihar’s 38 districts, affecting a population of over 72 lakh.

Meanwhile, at least five engineers of the water resources department (WRD) are facing the heat for dereliction of duty in Sitamarhi, Darbhanga and West Champaran (Padrauna) districts. “We are monitoring the performance of all our engineers. We will take uniform and severest action against those found to be wanting in their responsibility,” said a senior WRD officer, requesting anonymity.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 15, 2017 at 8:39am

Six bodies found after boating accident off Kenya coast


Added 14th August 2017 06:02 PM

Rough weather in the area made it unlikely that other passengers would be found alive

Rescuers recovered six bodies in Kenya's coastal Lamu region after a boat carrying a local politician and his family capsized over the weekend.

Shekuwe Kahale, who made a failed run for a seat in Kenya's parliament in last week's general election, set off with three other adults and eight children for Lamu Island on Sunday, but their boat was reported to have sank in turbulent waters.

A rescue team retrieved Kahale and the ship's captain alive on Monday, and also recovered the bodies, Lamu county commissioner Joseph Kanyiri told AFP.

"We have a multiagency team in the waters working from different points to find out the rest," he said.

A member of the rescue team said rough weather in the area made it unlikely that other passengers would be found alive.

Lamu's beaches are popular boating and vacation spots for both Kenyan and foreign tourists.

In June, ten people died in the area after a passenger boat capsized.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 11, 2017 at 11:58pm

Spanish tourists rescued off Egypt's Red Sea coast after yacht sinks

Ahram Online , Friday 11 Aug 2017
Nine Spanish tourists were rescued when their yacht sank in the Red Sea near Hurghada early on Friday, state news agency MENA reported.

The chairman of the Society for the Rescue and Protection of the Environment in the Red Sea, Hassan El-Tayeb, said the tourists were rescued in the El-Muwaieh area between Quseir and Safaga, south of Hurghada.

In a press statement, El-Tayeb said that the association sent rescue boats immediately after receiving an emergency alert and the tourists were rescued without any injuries.

The armed forces also dispatched boats and a helicopter to rescue the tourists, Al-Shorouk newspaper reported. Further details of the rescue operation were not immediately available.

The group were on a cruise to a diving area 80 miles south of Hurghada, Al-Shorouk reported.

The cause of the boat’s sinking was not identified.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 3, 2017 at 8:37am

Tour boat sinks off Turkey's Mediterranean coast, three people missing

ANKARA, Aug 2 (Reuters) - Three people were missing after a tour boat sank in the Mediterranean off the coast of Turkey's southwestern province of Mugla on Wednesday, an official said.

The boat, named Anemore, was carrying 11 people when it sank off the Marmaris district of Mugla, a popular tourist area, the official said. Eight passengers have so far been rescued.

"The ship sank rapidly for an unknown reason about 500 metres from the Marmaris-Bozburun gulf," the official said.

The cause of the accident was not immediately clear, the official said, adding that emergency services were searching for the three missing people, who include the boat's owner

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 1, 2017 at 9:18am

Passenger boat capsizes in Isabela; 3 dead, 53 rescued

Sunday, July 30, 2017
AT LEAST three persons drowned and 55 others were rescued after their boat sank in Palanan, Isabela on Sunday, July 30. Senior Inspector Mariano Manalo, Palanan police chief, identified the fatalities as Joel Tuppil and a certain Dimasalang from Cauayan City, Isabela; and Mylene Silva from Bataan. Ronald Silva, one of the boat's passengers, was reported missing, Manalo said. Manalo said the boat's engine failed upon reaching Sitio Divinisa in Barangay Culasi, Palanan and it was hit by strong winds and huge waves, causing the vessel to capsize. He said the boat was carrying 57 passengers, including six crew members. Rescuers saved 53 people, including the boat's crewmen. Search operation is ongoing for the missing person

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 27, 2017 at 6:33am

Five Thai tourists drown when snorkeling boat sinks in Chumphon Bay

Breaking News July 27, 2017 09:16

Five Thai tourists drowned when a boat taking visitors to snorkel around islands in Chumphon Bay capsized because of high waves and strong winds on Wednesday night.

The Chok Thara 2 boat sank near Koh Ngam and Koh Kalok and the authorities were alerted at 9pm.

Initially, eight tourists and three crew members were rescued and five tourists were reported missing.

Chumphon Governor Narong Polla-iad said on Thursday that rescuers later found four women and one man trapped in the boat.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 26, 2017 at 10:47pm

Family of four and dog rescued as yacht sinks
July 26 2017

A family of four and their Labrador dog were rescued last night by the volunteer Lyme Regis lifeboat crew, after their yacht was swamped by waves and sank at Charlton Bay, west of Lyme.

The yacht was being sailed from Lyme Regis by Joe Coles, 56, from East Coker, Yeovil. Also on board were his wife Tania, sons Theo, 9, Hector, 19, and their 14-month-old Labrador Suki.

Mr Coles said: ‘We had been having a picnic and were close to the shore. Suki would not get on the boat. We got out of the boat to get the dog and two big waves hit the yacht and pretty much sank it.

‘We were all safely ashore but wet and cold, and very pleased when we saw the lifeboat. The whole thing was Suki’s fault really.’

The family had left Lyme in the 5.5m (18ft) vessel, called Llewellyn, just as the Red Devils were giving their display as part of the Lyme Regis RNLI Lifeboat Week.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 25, 2017 at 6:50pm

Speed boat sinks in central Indonesia

A speedboat carrying about 47 people capsized in waters off North Kalimantan province in central Indonesia on Tuesday.

 Rejeki Baru speed boat, heading to Tanjung Selor of Bulungan district, sank after sailing 1 km off the coast of Pelabuhan Tengkayu of Tarakan town, spokesman of the national search and rescue office Marsudi said.

"Our personnel are undertaking a search and rescue operation for the victims of the incident," he told reporter.

Rescuers from the navy and water police also took part in the rescue operation.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 21, 2017 at 10:15am

Close shave for 10 tourists, 2 crew members as boat sinks off T'ganu

MARANG: A fishing vessel carrying ten tourists and two crew members sank three nautical miles off Pulau Kapas here last night.

It was a nightmare for the tourists, who were on a squid-jigging expedition, when the 10.5-metre fishing boat developed mechanical failure and water began to gush in, causing to vessel to sink within minutes.

Thankfully, a tekong and six crew members of a fishing vessel nearby managed to save all the passengers just before their boat disappeared beneath the surface of the South China Sea in the 8pm incident.

The survivors were later sent to the Pulau Kapas jetty.

It is learnt that a faulty water pump inside the vessel’s engine room had contributed to the mishap, while choppy waters had facilitated the sinking.

Tekong Mohd Azam Ghazali said he saw a man bailing out water from the ill-fated boat, but did not sense anything amiss.

"Shortly after that, the boatman sent out a distress signal. I quickly manoeuvred my vessel in its direction and saw that the rear portion of the boat was already filled with water.

"As my boat was near enough, all the tourists and two crew members quickly jumped onto my vessel and within minutes, the stern of the crippled boat began to sink. The bow lifted vertically before the whole vessel sank into the water.

"The sea was very choppy during the time of the incident," he said.

It is learnt that all the tourists left the island and Marang this morning.

Meanwhile, State Fisheries director Zawawi Ali said he has ordered a full investigation into the incident.

He said safety is of primary concern and he wants to ensure that the boat owner had adhered to all safety measures, including regular maintenance.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 21, 2017 at 6:37am

Taiwanese tourist drowns in boat capsize in Philippines

2017/07/21 11:22:02

Manila, July 21 (CNA) A 63-year-old Taiwanese woman died when a boat capsized in Cebu in the central Philippines during bad weather, while a child in her group suffered pleural effusion, local police said Friday.

The woman, surnamed Chen (陳), was trapped under the boat after it capsized near a resort on Bantayin Island on July 19, according to the police.

All the other 11 Taiwanese tourists on the boat were safe, and the child with pleural effusion is in stable condition, the police said.

The boat was operating in gusting wind and heavy rainfall, the police said, adding that further investigation is needed to determine the responsibility of the boat's operator.

Chen was traveling as an independent tourist with 11 family members and friends, according to Taiwan's Tourism Bureau.

They arrived at Bantayin Island on July 17 and embarked for Virgin Island on July 19, the bureau said, but the weather deteriorated when the group was heading back, causing the boat to capsize, the bureau said.

The survivors were swept back to Virgin Island, where they were rescued. 

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