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 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.
Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 27, 2014 at 5:00am 

Nine rescued after vessel capsizes

Occupants of the boat, out of Richmond, were picked up by the lighthouse keeper off Entrance Island

August 26, 2014 12:00 AM

Nine people were rescued Monday afternoon after the 32-foot fishing boat they were on capsized and sank just off of Entrance Island not far from Nanaimo.

Two of the passengers were taken to hospital when brought into the Nanaimo harbour due to hypothermia, and were accompanied by a translator who was also aboard the vessel. One patient's condition was complicated by a "cardiac issues," said Martin Drakeley, assistant chief of operations from Nanaimo Fire Rescue.

"We're currently warming up the other six (people) with new clothes and we'll get them off to the hospital so they can reunite as a group shortly," he said yesterday.

Drakeley said the boat was in the process of being recovered, but said it was difficult to determine the cause of the sinking. Most of the passengers on the boat do not speak English, he added. He said he was also unsure if they were wearing life jackets.

The boat's home port was Richmond.

The incident happened just before 2 p.m. The occupants of the boat were picked up by the lighthouse keeper off of Entrance Island, Drakeley said.

"He had a small dory and he was able to get them, which was a dangerous situation in itself," he said. "Good thinking on the part of the lighthouse keeper."

However, Drakeley said two and three-foot swells combined with the small size of the light keeper's boat made for a treacherous situation.

A Nanaimo Port Authority patrol vessel was dispatched to pick up the passengers after they were collected from the water by the lighthouse keeper.

He said the occupants of the fishing boat caught a lucky break.

"They were lucky that all of them got away from the boat when it capsized and nobody got caught inside, they were lucky that the lighthouse keeper was so close and they were lucky that they had the quick attention of the Nanaimo Port Authority."

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Comment by Tracie Crespo on August 23, 2014 at 6:53pm

Boat with 170 Africans on board sinks off Libyan coast

A shoe that belongs to an illegal immigrant is seen floating near Tripoli coast, Libya, on Aug 22, 2014.

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - A wooden boat with around 170 African migrants on board trying to reach Europe has sunk off the Libyan coast, a spokesman for the Libyan navy said on Saturday.

Migrants have been streaming out of North Africa in rickety boats in rising numbers for years. So far in 2014, the total number reaching Italian shores has passed 100,000, the Italian government said this week.

"The coast guards have rescued 17 of the illegal migrants," navy spokesman Ayoub Qassem said. A search for the rest of the passengers was underway, he added.

The boat sank near Qarabouli, east of Tripoli, a common launchpad used by human traffickers smuggling people to Europe, Qassem said.

Italy has borne the brunt of patrolling the Mediterranean Sea to help prevent major tragedies involving migrants. More than 70,000 people have been rescued through the "Mare Nostrum" (Our Sea) mission of patrols which Italy began last October.

(Reporting by Ahmed Elumami; Writing by Ulf Laessing; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 19, 2014 at 6:22pm

Four rescued from capsized shrimp boat, fifth person still missing

August 18, 2014 | Updated: August 18, 2014 11:04pm

Four of the five people who were aboard a shrimp boat that capsized near Baytown on Monday have been rescued, but divers continued to search for a male passenger who remained missing, authorities said.

Late Monday, the U.S. Coast Guard said there had been no change but that at first light Tuesday they will launch a helicopter to join the search.

The incident, roughly three miles south of the Fred Hartman Bridge in eastern Harris County, was reported to the Coast Guard about 3:30 p.m.

The privately owned 41-foot fishing vessel - named the "Mr. Anthony" - overturned in Cedar Bayou Channel. Three of the passengers were able to get on top of the overturned boat and were taken to shore, said Petty Officer Manda Emery, a Coast Guard spokeswoman.

Crews operating from boats searched for hours to locate the two missing passengers.

A woman who had been trapped under the vessel was rescued about 5:45 p.m. through a puncture in the bottom of the boat.

"They used the 'jaws of life' to cut the hole open, and they were able to get the woman, who was inside, out," Emery said.

Baytown EMS transported her to a local hospital, where she reportedly was in stable condition.

Comment by KM on August 14, 2014 at 11:42pm!bDz1hT

Ferry disabled after being hit by large waves off Scituate

Windows broken by massive waves

 UPDATED 11:40 PM EDT Aug 13, 2014

SCITUATE, Mass. —A ferry en route to Boston from Provincetown was disabled after being hit by a large wave Wednesday, according to the Coast Guard.

Just before 4 p.m., a ferry was midway through its fourth trip of the day, to and from Provincetown and Boston, when the vessel was hit by a large set of waves that broke two of the seven windows in the pilot house, Bay State Cruise Company officials said in a statement.

The two windows that broke were in the center of the pilot house, which is where the captain navigates from.

Officials said windws in the passengers cabin, which is under the pilot house, were not broken and it appeared as though the waves were at an angle and height that they only struck at the pilot house level, which is about 20 feet above the water.

After the large waves hit the ferry, seas returned to the normal wave pattern of about 5 feet, officials said.

When the windows were broken, water took the vessel's control systems offline, officials said.

The captain was eventually able to get the starboard engine up to speed, but could not restart the port engine.

"We can only imagine the amount of concern and alarm that the passengers must have felt when the vessel decelerated so suddenly and then had to wait until the propulsion came back online," officials said in a statement.

No injuries were reported to any of the passengers, but the captain did suffer from cuts to his hand, which he had wrapped.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 4, 2014 at 9:59pm

Bangladesh ferry sinks with up to 200 on board

An overloaded ferry sank in rough conditions in central Bangladesh on Monday with up to 200 passengers on board, in the latest disaster to hit the country's rivers.

Emergency workers said around 100 survivors and two dead bodies had been pulled out of the river, but the rest remain unaccounted for.

"The waves were huge, the ferry was rolling heavily from side to side," said survivor Syed Saadi, whose wife and two sons were still missing.

"The boat flooded with water after a huge wave hit it, and tipped over before sinking under the water," he told Channel 24 television.

The ferry was around 30 kilometres (20 miles) south of the capital Dhaka when it sank on the river Padma in the central district of Munshiganj.

Ferry accidents are common in the impoverished country, with overcrowding and poor ship design and maintenance often to blame.

Local police chief Tofazzal Hossain told AFP the vessel was overloaded with passengers and conditions were rough.

Rescue workers and the navy have been mobilised at the scene and a ship with underwater cameras deployed to try to locate the sunken vessel.

Fire service official Mohammad Dulal told AFP that divers were being deployed to try to locate the sunken ferry and look for survivors. But stormy conditions and large waves were preventing them from going into the water.

The police chief of Madaripur, where the ferry began its journey, said it was carrying between 170 and 200 passengers.

But one survivor, speaking on local television, said there were up to 350 passengers on board.

"There was no storm, but the weather was cloudy and the river was rough," he said.

"Suddenly the ferry was hit by a wave and flooded with water. I got out through a window and the ferry sank quickly.

"I was rescued by a local motor boat, other people were also rescued by boats."

Bangladeshi ferries do not maintain passenger logbooks, and are often overloaded.

Emergency workers at the scene said thousands of onlookers had gathered on the banks of the swollen river Padma.

August is monsoon season in Bangladesh, when rivers run high, and the ship was completely submerged.

Bangladesh, one of Asia's poorest nations, is criss-crossed by more than 230 rivers and boats are the main form of travel, especially in the southern and northeastern regions.

However many of the vessels in use date back to before independence in 1971.

Officials have said more than 95 percent of Bangladesh's hundreds of thousands of small and medium-sized boats do not meet minimum safety regulations.

In May, a passenger ferry thought to be carrying between 150 and 200 people sank in central Bangladesh, killing dozens of people. The exact death toll remains unknown.

Survivors blamed the ship's captain for refusing to take shelter from a gathering storm.

Around 150 people were killed in the same district in March 2012 after an overcrowded ferry carrying about 200 passengers sank when it was hit by an oil barge in the middle of the night.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 31, 2014 at 10:13pm

4 drown, 10 missing in Sirajganj boat capsize

Star Online Report
A view of Jamuna river located at Gaibandha district. Star file photo
A view of Jamuna river in Gaibandha district. Star file photo

Four people were confirmed dead and at least 10 went missing after a boat capsized in the Jamuna river in Chowhali upazila of Sirajganj this morning.

Strong current caused the capsize around 11:00am, Md Samsul Haque, officer-in-charge of Chowhali Police Station, told our Pabna correspondent.

The motorboat carrying 70 to 75 passengers was bound for Char Salimabad from Michuani Char, reports our Pabna correspondent.

When it reached near Baguchia point in the river, it flipped due to strong current, added Haque.

Many of the passengers managed to swim ashore.

On information, police and locals rushed there and recovered two bodies from the river near Baguchia point around 11:30am.

Three hours later, they recovered two more bodies from the same spot, said Abul Kahar Siddiqui, chairman of Bagutia union parishad of the upazila.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 31, 2014 at 10:12pm

Six killed in boat capsize in Bangladesh

Six killed in boat capsize in Bangladesh


Dhaka, July 31 (IANS) Six bodies have been recovered after a boat, carrying over a hundred passengers, capsized in the Jamuna river in Bangladesh.

Chawhali upazila executive officer Mohammad Abdullah said the mishap took place around 10 a.m. on Thursday in Sirajganj district, reported.

Abdullah said the boat was ferrying the passengers from Mituani Bazar to Char Salimabad, and sank after hitting a rundown bridge.



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