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 Tracie Crespo on October 6, 2016 at 4:00am

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Stepping Over the Dead on a Migrant Boat

It began with blips on a radar screen, 12 miles off the Libyan coast. As the rescuers approached, they found overloaded wooden vessels and rafts that evoked scenes of the slave trade.

Hundreds of African migrants were crammed into boats headed for Italy. More than two dozen people were dead in one boat alone, asphyxiated from the crush aboard. In other boats, bodies were splayed on the floorboards, forcing survivors to clamber over the corpses of their fellow voyagers.


Aris Messinis, an Agence France-Presse photographer aboard the rescue boat Astral, said it was like nothing he had ever seen.

The passengers — from Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Nigeria and other sub-Saharan countries — were found by the Astral on Tuesday, part of a wave of more than 11,000 rescued in the Mediterranean by aid groups and the Italian Coast Guard this week.

Migrants aboard a large wooden boat, which may have held 1,000 people — roughly five times its capacity — waited frantically for help. Some jumped into the water.


Even with life jackets tossed to them, migrants struggled to reach the Astral and other rescue vessels, which later transferred them to Italian Coast Guard ships bound for Italy.


Pandemonium punctuated the rescue operation, despite efforts by the Astral crew to calm the migrants. “These people were in panic,” Mr. Messinis said.

Migrants aboard the wooden vessel included infants, like the one below.

In one of the boats, holding roughly 150 people, Mr. Messinis said that rescuers found 29 bodies — 10 men and 19 women. “They told us these people were dead from the night,” he said.

At one point, passengers held a child aloft to signal rescuers of their desperation.

Migrants crammed below deck were packed so tightly they struggled to get out. “Many of them haven’t seen the sea in their whole lives,” said Laura Lanuza, a spokeswoman for Proactiva Open Arms, a Spanish aid group that operates the Astral.

Despite a drop in sea crossings to Europe by migrants this year, more than 3,000 have died in perilous crossings from Libya, where political chaos has made it the main departure point for smuggling operators who care little about whether their clients survive.

Rescue officials attributed the spike in sea crossings in recent days to a stretch of good weather after days of storms and sea turbulence.

The wooden vessel’s cargo hold contained two-thirds of the roughly 1,000 people found aboard, Ms. Lanuza said, calling the conditions “just like a slavery boat — the same.”

After the living were rescued, Astral crew members put the dead in body bags and stored them in life rafts.

Migration officials and rescue groups in Europe say the migrant route from North Africa remains the deadliest. Joel Millman, a spokesman for the International Organization for Migration, said at least 38 migrant bodies were recovered in Mediterranean rescues Monday and Tuesday, including those found by the Astral.

Mr. Messinis, 39, who has covered the conflicts in Libya and Syria, has been photographing the European migration crisis since it began three years ago. He has often put aside his camera to help rescuers.

What he witnessed on the Mediterranean, he said, was different. The analogy to slave ships that once plied the Atlantic, he said, was “exactly right — except that it’s not hundreds of years ago.”

"I’ve seen a lot of death, but not this thing,” he said. “This is shocking and this is what makes you feel you are not living in a civilized world.”

Comment by Tracie Crespo on September 28, 2016 at 5:35am

Death toll in migrant ship wreck rises to 202

Thirty-three more bodies are retrieved from a ship wreck off the coast of Egypt bringing up the total death toll of drowned migrants to 202. (Photo captured from Reuters video)Thirty-three more bodies are retrieved from a ship wreck off the coast of Egypt bringing up the total death toll of drowned migrants to 202. (Photo captured from Reuters video)

BURG RASHID, Egypt (Reuters) — Thirty-three bodies were recovered on Tuesday (September 27) as a wreck of a boat that sank off Egypt last week with hundreds of migrants aboard was lifted from the depths, raising the confirmed death toll to 202, a local official said.

The boat capsized off the Mediterranean coast on Sept. 21. Rescue workers and fishermen said they had rescued at least 169 people, but uncertainty remains over how many might still be missing.

“This is something only God knows. There indeed are still some people who have not found their children, who may have been sitting at the back of the boat and swept away by the current. Only God knows what happened to those who haven’t been found,” said local fisherman, Hamada Zamalout, who has been assisting in the rescue operations since the accident.

Regional governor Mohamed Sultan said the number of bodies recovered was “almost final” but rescue workers were still looking for human remains at sea.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Tuesday it believed at least 450 people were aboard the vessel and that about 300 perished in all.

Egyptian security sources initially said there had been almost 600 migrants aboard.

Officials said the boat was carrying Egyptian, Sudanese, Eritrean and Somali migrants, and that they believed it was heading for Italy. Four members of the crew were arrested.

More and more migrants have been trying to cross to Italy from the African coast over the summer months, particularly from Libya, where people-traffickers operate with relative impunity. But boats have increasingly departed from Egypt of late as Libya has slipped deeper into lawlessness.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Monday (September 26) that there is “no justification” for these deaths and called for “more secure” borders.

Fisherman Ahmed Fawzy says Egyptian officials need to pay more attention to those in need.

“(I ask) those in power, and the president himself, to pay more attention to the poor who are neglected, and who, because of the high costs of living, the lack of money and income, are willing to throw their lives away, and throw themselves in the sea. So all we want is for them to pay more attention to us and to take better care of the poor.”

The IOM says that more than 3,200 migrants have died while trying to cross the Mediterranean this year, while more than 300,000 have reached European shores. More than 1 million Middle Eastern, African and Asian migrants entered Europe in 2015.

The IOM said the number of migrants to arrive in Europe this year likely would not reach last year’s level, though the number of fatalities was virtually certain to exceed the 2015 total.

Comment by KM on September 15, 2016 at 1:27pm

Bali ferry carrying 40 passengers including British tourists explodes killing at least one woman and injuring 14 foreigners

  • Boat carrying 35 passengers from Bali to Gili Islands exploded on Thursday
  • A German woman has died and up to 20 foreigners on board were injured
  • The boat's fuel tank reportedly blew up as it left Padang Bai Harbour 
  • Photos on social media show bleeding passengers being carried away

At least one woman is dead and up to 20 foreigners are injured after a ferry exploded while travelling from East Bali to the Gili Islands on Thursday.

The Gili Cat 2 fast boat was taking 40 passengers to popular tourist destination and holiday island Gili Trawangan when the fuel tank blew up on board.

Although one passenger, a German woman, has been confirmed dead, a police spokesperson said two of those on board had died.

Graphic photographs circulating on social media show passengers being carried to the shore by locals, bleeding heavily and with limbs hanging off from the explosion.

Dazed passengers, many covered in cuts and bruises, were taken to medical centres on the Indonesian holiday island after the blast, with television footage showing them being carried on stretchers to ambulances and lying in hospital beds.

The 20 injured passengers aboard the speedboat were from Portugal, Germany, Austria and Britain. Early reports that Australians were on board the boat have not been verified. 

The boat exploded 600ft  from the shore of Padang Bai Harbour at 9.30am, and passengers reportedly 'suffered an electrical surge and burned in the waters.' 

'The explosion happened five minutes after the boat departed,' local police chief Sugeng Sudarso told AFP. 

'One female passenger died from head injuries.' 

According to local reports, the boat exploded near a headland at Padang Bai Harbour at 9.30am. Australian, German, British, Dutch and Korean citizens were said to be on board

According to local reports, the boat exploded near a headland at Padang Bai Harbour at 9.30am. Australian, German, British, Dutch and Korean citizens were said to be on board

The boat (pictured) exploded 200 metres from the shore of Padang Bai Harbour at 9.30am

The boat (pictured) exploded 200 metres from the shore of Padang Bai Harbour at 9.30am

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 3, 2016 at 11:22pm

Coast Guard rescues 26 people from sinking boat

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 22, 2016 at 1:27am

Ten die in tourist boat capsize off Indonesia's Riau Islands

At least 10 people have died and five are missing after a boat sank while taking tourists from Tanjung Pinang to Penyengat Island in Indonesia's Riau Islands province.

The boat was transporting 17 passengers, including a boat operator and two children, when high waves and strong winds caused the boat to capsize in the waters off Penyengat Island, said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for the National Disaster Mitigation Agency.

Boats sail by in the port of Tanjung Pinang island.Boats sail by in the port of Tanjung Pinang island. Photo: Reuters

"Joint search and rescue team have found 12 passengers, 10 of whom 

died and two were injured. The team is still searching for the remaining five passengers who are missing," Nugroho said.

He added after the boat capsized, some passengers swam to their rescue or were fished out of the water by nearby boats, while some of them who couldn't swim were swept away by the waves and died.

The National Search and Rescue Agency has deployed 200 personnel, 20 search and rescue boats and 50 wooden passenger boats to scour the waters for the missing passengers, as well as marines who are diving to find drowned passengers.

"The main obstacle now is the strong current," Nugroho said.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 16, 2016 at 6:40am


Disaster averted as vessel carrying 23 passengers sinks in Ilulissa...

23 cruise passengers rescued after local boat sinks

Police in Greenland are investigating the cause of an accident on Sunday that resulted in the sinking of a boat carrying 23 cruise-ship passengers and three crew members.
Everyone on board the locally hired power boat was rescued by nearby local boats, as well as by inflatable boats belonging to their cruise ship, the L’Austral, which was located some 100 metres away.
“Everyone was saved and they are doing okay. All of the passengers are back on a ship,” Sebastian Bech, the acting police commissioner in Ilulissat, said.
The cause of the incident, which took place at about 1am on Sunday morning in Ilulissat Icefjord, Greenland’s most-visited tourist destination, remains unknown.
Investigators, however, say no other vessel was involved, and that the boat either struck something in the water or was struck.
The L’Austral is a French-flagged luxury ship launched in 2011 and operated by Compagnie du Ponant. It has a capacity of 264 passengers and 140 crewmembers.
Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 15, 2016 at 6:24am

Five Indian fishermen dead, 20 missing in fishing boat capsize

  • Updated: Aug 15, 2016 07:52 IST

Five Indian fishermen died and 20 were reported missing after their boats, which had drifted away into Bangladeshi waters during a cyclonic storm, capsized in the rough seas, officials said on Sunday.

According to the Indian Coast Guard, which is conducting search and rescue operations jointly with the Bangladesh Coast Guard, the fishing boat ‘Mahagauri’ with its 17 crew members had drifted across the international maritime boundary line (IMBL) and capsized.

South 24 Parganas district magistrate PB Salim told PTI that on the intervening night of August 7 and 8, about 200 trawlers from the district had ventured to the high seas and eight of them went missing in the cyclonic storm.

Six of them were later found to be safe.

One fisherman, Anup Das, was rescued by a Bangladeshi fishing boat and handed over to an Indian fishing boat near the IMBL.

Five bodies were found from near the capsized boat, which was found south of Heron Point in Bangladeshi waters, officials said.

The boat was towed to the nearest landing point, where it will be checked for any more bodies trapped inside.

Another fishing boat named Prosenjit is also feared to have capsized in the rough seas and is still missing. One of its crew members, Nirmal Jana, was rescued while 10 others are still untraceable.

Inspector general KR Nautiyal, Coast Guard Commander (north east) said, “Each life at sea is precious to us and our assets will comb the area for survivors”.

“A joint search and rescue mission is being undertaken by Indian Coast Guard and Bangladeshi Coast Guard within Bangladeshi waters. BNS Amin and BNS Sangu are the two Bangladeshi ships that have joined the operation. Indian coast guard ship Sarojini Naidu is in the area and is being joined by Coast Guard Ship Rajkiran shortly,” an Indian 

Coast Guard official said.

Joint aerial surveillance by Indian Coast Guard Dornier aircrafts and maritime patrol aircrafts of Bangladesh is in progress

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 28, 2016 at 4:06am

JULY 27, 2016 9:26 PM

Coast Guard: Problem in engine room led to flooding on boat

A problem in the engine room led to flooding on board a fishing boat off Alaska's Aleutian Islands, forcing the crew to abandon ship, the Coast Guard said Wednesday.

The 46 crew members of the stricken Alaska Juris were taken to the port in Adak, Alaska, arriving late Wednesday morning, Adak city manager Layton Lockett said. The crew members did not require medical attention, he said.

Adak is about 175 miles (282 kilometers) southeast of where the Alaska Juris ran into trouble.

The Coast Guard said the crew will be flown to Anchorage. A message from The Associated Press seeking interviews with the crew Wednesday at an Adak inn where they were taken was not immediately returned.

The agency had planned to conduct a flyover Wednesday to see if the 220-foot (67-meter) Alaska Juris was still afloat and determine if any pollution has spilled from the disabled vessel. The Coast Guard later said no flyover will occur Wednesday because of the unavailability of aircraft.

The Coast Guard is asking mariners in the area to share updates on the vessel, civilian spokesman Cory Cichoracki said.

Coast Guard Lt. Joseph Schlosser said it's not unusual for vessels to run into trouble at sea, given the "gigantic" size of Alaska, which has more coastline than the Atlantic and Pacific seaboards combined.

"I wouldn't say it's uncommon for a fishing vessel like this to become distressed," he said. "But the uncommon thing is that this luckily went very well for this crew."

The ship was listing at 5 percent when the crew members were disembarking Tuesday, Schlosser said, noting that was the last observation of the vessel. The incident is under investigation.

Conditions at the time were calm seas and limited visibility because of fog.

Coast Guard officials praised the response by the good Samaritan vessels. The Spar Canis and the Vienna Express heard the Coast Guard's emergency broadcast for help and rushed to the scene. Also responding were two other merchant vessels, the Seafisher and Ocean Peace, which transported the crew to Adak. The Coast Guard initially said the other two vessels were taking the crew.

"The good Samaritans' willingness to respond ... was paramount to getting the Alaska Juris crew to safety," said Lt. Greg Isbell, Coast Guard District 17 command duty officer.

Video footage showed one of the bright orange life rafts floating some distance from the stricken vessel, while another appeared tethered to it. The Coast Guard footage shot from an aircraft also showed a merchant ship in the distance.

On Tuesday, the agency diverted a cutter and dispatched two C-130 transport planes and two helicopters to the sinking ship near Kiska Island, which is about 690 miles (1,110 kilometers) west of Dutch Harbor, one of the nation's busiest fishing ports.

The Alaska Juris is owned by Renton, Washington-based Fishing Co. of Alaska, according to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. The company did not immediately respond to Associated Press for further information.

On Wednesday, recovery plans were underway by a salvage company, Resolve Marine Group. Project manager David Maruszak said the company is sending a 200-foot (61-meter) tug, the Resolve Pioneer, to the scene from Dutch Harbor. The tug is expected to arrive late Thursday or early Friday, he said.

It's not the first trouble the Alaska Juris has encountered in recent years.

In March 2012, a fisherman aboard the boat died after a cable snapped and struck him in the head. Days later, another fisherman was treated for a head injury after a cable snapped again and hit him.

In May 2012, the Alaska Juris requested help from the Coast Guard after three crew members were exposed to ammonia from a leak. The agency flew the trio to Cold Bay, Alaska.

Another vessel owned by the Fishing Co. of Alaska, the 189-foot Alaska Ranger, sank in March 2008 about 130 miles (209 kilometers) West of Dutch Harbor. Five of the boat's 47 crew members, including the captain, died. A Coast Guard investigation concluded in 2011 that the vessels owner failed to properly maintain its structural condition.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 16, 2016 at 4:56am

13 people rescued after boat capsizes on Kamloops Lake

The Canadian Press Posted: Jul 15, 2016 7:01 AM PT

Thirteen out-of-province vacationers had to be rescued in B.C.'s southern Interior Thursday evening when their pleasure boat was swamped during a thunderstorm.

Kamloops RCMP Staff Sgt. Michel Grondin says the five adults and eight youths, aged 12 to 15, were in a six-metre boat on Kamloops Lake, west of Kamloops, when the sudden storm kicked up strong winds and high waves.

Grondin says several RCMP units, the fire department and the RCMP helicopter rushed to the lake.

He says by the time crews arrived, nine of the 13 had already made it to shore. Rescuers were able to quickly pluck the remaining two adults and two children from the water and reunite the group.

Police could not provide the home towns of the vacationers, but say all 13 are unhurt.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 14, 2016 at 2:29am

Hopewell mother, daughter die during York River fishing trip

JAMES CITY COUNTY, Va. -- A mother and daughter from Hopewell died fishing in the York River Tuesday afternoon. State officials identified the mother as 35-year-old Kimberly Marie Privette, of Hopewell.  Her nine-year-old daughter's name was not released due to her age.

The mother and daughter were with other family members on a 20-foot fishing boat in the York River halfway between Croaker Landing and West Point when it began to take on water over the bow, investigators said.

"The boat started to bog down and they plugged in a secondary bilge pump. It was unable pump out the incoming water. They were able to get the motor started and tried to get the boat on plane to push out the water," a Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries investigators said. "When they got on plane the water from the bow came rushing back and causing the boat to capsize ejecting three of the occupants. Two of which became trapped under the boat."

The child's father, grandfather, cousin, and a family friend were all in the boat when it capsized.

"It is believed the subjects were in the water from 12:30 until 2:38 p.m. until a passerby boat was able to rescue them and call for help," the investigator said. "The six people were pulled from the water, two of whom were unconscious and required CPR."

All six people were taken to Sentara Williamsburg Regional Hospital where Privette and her daughter were pronounced dead.

Investigators said both Privette and her daughter were wearing life jackets.

"The initial investigation indicates the two were trapped under the boat when it capsized," the investigator said. "The four other individuals who were also taken to Sentara Williamsburg Regional Hospital were released and did not accept medical assistance."

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