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 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.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 24, 2014 at 8:04pm

Boat carrying 28 capsizes near Muar 

JOHOR BAHRU, July 24 (Bernama) -- A boat carrying 28 passengers capsized about 15 Nautical miles South West of Tanjung Ketapang, Muar at 11.20am today said the Southern Region Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA), today.

MMEA operations director Maritime Capt Ibrahim Mohamed said information of the boat tragedy was received by VTS Klang.

"Initial information from VTS Klang said a cargo ship, MSC Valeria, that was passing through the route had saved two victims who were floating in the area," he said in a statement today.

The actual number of passengers on board has yet to be determined but believed the boat was carrying 28 passengers.

Ibrahim said a search and rescue operation involving two MMEA vessels has been activated in the area.

The boat capsize in Tanjung Ketapang today is the second within 10 days as another boat carrying about 70 illegal immigrants had capsized in Tanjung Piai waters on July 14.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 15, 2014 at 9:48pm

Two dead, 18 missing as boat capsizes off Malaysia

Tue 15 Jul 2014 at 08:43

NNA - At least two people died and 18 others were missing after an overloaded boat carrying illegal Indonesian immigrants capsized off the coast of southern Malaysia, a maritime official said Tuesday. 
The official with the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency said the boat carrying around 80 people overturned and sank late Monday as a patrolling vessel was pursuing it off the state of Johor. 
"The boat carried illegal immigrants going back to Indonesia" to celebrate the end of Ramadan, the official told Agence France Presse, adding that 59 people had been rescued. 
"The boat was small and... overloaded," said the official, who requested anonymity as he was not authorized to speak to the media. 

He said the bodies of a man and a woman had so far been recovered. 
Boat accidents are common as Malaysia draws hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants from poorer neighboring countries. 
Authorities have stepped up patrols during Ramadan as many from Indonesia seek to sneak out and return in rickety boats to celebrate the end of the fasting month. 
More than a dozen people died and about two dozen others went missing last month in two boat accidents in rough weather off Malaysia's west coast. 

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 11, 2014 at 8:41pm

2 undocumented migrants dead in boat capsize in Aegean Sea

ATHENS, July 11 (Xinhua) -- Greek Coast Guard retrieved on Friday the dead bodies of two migrants off the coast of Samos island in the Aegean Sea after the sinking of a boat carrying undocumented immigrants from Turkey, according to local media.

Coast Guard officers have confirmed that a man and a woman lost their lives, while 13 persons -- 12 men and one woman -- were rescued.

The Coast Guard was alerted for the emergency by a yacht which was sailing in the area and it has not been clarified whether there were more people on board the boat which was not found.

Survivors gave conflicting reports on the total number of passengers with some claiming that they were approximately 30 people on board when the boat left Turkey's coasts.

Two helicopters and five speedboats are taking part in the rescue operation.

On May 5 this year two dozen migrants, among them several children, drowned off the coast of Samos in a similar tragedy.

Thousands of migrants seek to enter EU illegally via Greece each year and hundreds perish in the Aegean Sea.

and another:

Lifeboat saves fishermen after boat capsizes

The North Berwick Lifeboat crew. Picture: Paul Burke

A fishing boat capsized off North Berwick yesterday afternoon, sparking a major alert.

The town’s lifeboat was launched after two men were spotted in the water in the East Bay.

After a brief search of the area the crew of volunteers located one of the men who was holding on to a loose buoy and fuel can to keep him afloat.

The lifeboat picked him up and was told the second man had managed to swim ashore.

The fishermen had been winching up a lobster pot when it became stuck on the bottom. A wave then hit the boat, causing it to capsize and then sink within seconds, throwing them into the sea.

The two men, who had spent up to 20 minutes in the sea, were checked over by ambulance staff and treated for mild hypothermia before being allowed home.

Helmsman Niall Grant said: “The quick response from all involved, including the actions of two members of the public, helped create this positive outcome from what was potentially a very serious incident.”

Comment by Tracie Crespo on June 18, 2014 at 4:56pm

Boat Sinks Off Malaysian Coast, 66 Feared Drowned

KUALA LUMPUR — A wooden boat carrying 97 Indonesian migrants capsized and sank after leaving Malaysia's west coast as rescuers scrambled to try to save 66 people still missing, Malaysia's maritime agency said Wednesday.

The boat was believed to have sunk shortly after midnight while trying to leave Malaysia illegally, said the agency's official, who declined to be named because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

He said that the Indonesians, including women and children, were believed to be heading home ahead of the start of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan.

The Malaysian official said that 31 people have been rescued so far. A ship and several boats were searching for survivors and a helicopter will soon be dispatched, he said.

No reason was immediately given for the accident.

Tens of thousands of Indonesians work illegally in plantations and other industries in Malaysia. They sometimes risk dangerous boat journeys to return home.

— Associated Press
Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on June 14, 2014 at 8:08am


Seven feared drowned in UP boat capsize

Seven feared drowned in UP boat capsize


Lucknow, June 13 (IANS) Seven people are feared to have drowned in the Ganga in Ghazipur Friday as the boat they were travelling in capsized, police said.

While some people were rescued, seven did not make it and attempts are being made by divers to search for them.

People from Taranpur village were going for a ritual related to a marriage. The newly weds were also in the boat when the incident took place.

Bride Chandni and the groom Deepak have also drowned in the incident, police said. Divers from the provincial armed constabulary (PAC) have been pressed into service.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on June 8, 2014 at 11:13pm

Over 60 migrants dead after boat sinks off Yemen
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Over 60 migrants dead after boat sinks off Yemen

At least 60 African migrants and two Yemeni crew members perished in sea off Yemen's coast last weekend, in a boat sinking that has just come to light and is believed to be the deadliest there this year, according to Reuters. In the first four months of this year, 16,500 migrants and refugees, mainly Somalis, Ethiopians and Eritreans, have crossed the Gulf of Aden and Red Sea to land in Yemen, the country they consider to be a gateway to a better life in the Middle East, the UN refugee agency UNHCR said.

About twice as many crossed in the same period last year.

"We are still seeking information, but it is now confirmed that a boat carrying 60 people from Somalia and Ethiopia and two Yemeni crew sank last Saturday in the Red Sea," UNHCR spokesman Adrian Edwards said during a news briefing in Geneva. Local residents buried their bodies which washed ashore near the Bab El Mandeb area off Yemen's coast, he added.

"The tragedy is the largest single loss of life this year of migrants and refugees attempting to reach Yemen via the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden," Edwards said. According to him, it brought the known total of deaths at sea of people trying to reach Yemen to at least 121 so far this year.
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