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 Scott on March 15, 2016 at 10:26pm

General cargo vessel sinks off Quanzhou (3/15/16)

A Chinese general cargo vessel, Shenzhou 33, capsized and sank near Quanzhou in Fujian yesterday in a severe storm.

The local maritime safety administration sent a rescue team and saved all crewmembers of the vessel who had managed to get into lifeboats.

Currently the authorities have informed the nearby vessels to avoid the wreckage site and started investigations into the incident.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on March 12, 2016 at 8:41pm

Rye man rescued off Hawaiian coast after fishing boat sinks

OAHU, Hawaii - A Rye man was rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard on Friday when the fishing boat he captained sank off the coast of Hawaii.

According to Seacoast Online, it is unknown why the boat, captained by Jon Hoag, of Rye, began to take on water Thursday.

The three men on board abandoned ship into a raft.

The Joint Rescue Coordination Center in Honolulu received an EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) alert at 7:53 p.m., Thursday. The men were rescued by a Coast Guard helicopter at 2:47 a.m. Friday and were transported to Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point on Oahu, Hawaii, at 4:16 a.m.

The men were treated for mild hypothermia and taken to Queen's Medical Center - West Oahu.

Kenton Geer, owner of the vessel, said, "Jon Hoag is the very reason that everyone is alive. Jon is a hell of a captain and I think it's fair to say that all of us at the vicious cycle family owe him a giant debt of gratitude.”

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on March 12, 2016 at 4:16am

Corpus Christi, TX

Posted: Mar 11, 2016 11:07 AM EST Updated: Mar 11, 2016 6:34 PM EST

Search crews find bodies of father, daughter, after boat capsizes.

On Sunday, a boat carrying eight people, including three children, were on board the boat when it capsized in the Corpus Christi Bay

Six people were rescued, five of them were taken to the hospital.

Patrick Watson, one of the children transported to the hospital, passed away at the hospital.

The family has been searching for their loved ones since Sunday.  On Wednesday, the Coast Guard notified family that they have suspended the search for the father and daughter.

The family made a plea to the public for help searching for their family members, more than a dozen volunteers showed up.

Texas Equusearch started helping with the search on Wednesday.

 "Wonderful family going through the very worst time of their life, if I can bring a little bit of comfort and let them know that somebody cared, I was there to do that," said Tim Miller, Founder of Equusearch. 

The family said they would not return to Mexico until both father and daughter were found.


Corpus Christi police say the bodies of a man and teenage girl recovered Friday have been identified by the family as 35-year-old Mario Leon and his daughter, 13-year-old Odry.

Mario was found around nine Friday morning by Texas Equusearch near on oil platform. 

"It was very hard, especially taking him out of the water, putting him on the boat. I am just glad that the family finally has closure," said Henri Garcia. 

Odry's body was found a few hours later by the Corpus Christi Marina patrol, she was found less than a half-mile from where Mario was found earlier.

 "They were together all the time, we knew that but now we know for sure that they were together all the time," said Karla Medina.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on March 11, 2016 at 5:58am

Boat capsizes and sinks in Dartmouth

Thursday, 10 March 2016

  • The St Christophe I lies submerged in Dartmouth harbour.

A FRENCH fishing vessel capsized and sank after seeking shelter in Dartmouth harbour late on Wednesday night.

Dart Harbour Master Rob Giles said a multi agency response was put together to try and save the vessel, St Christophe I, but to no avail.

All five of the crew, all French nationals, are safe and unhurt.

A safety boom has been rigged around the vessel which lies on her starboard side on the sea bed next to her berth at South Embankment.

Capt Giles said the vessel had a considerable amount of diesel fuel on board – between 10 – 15,000 litres - and the most the most pressing concern now was removing fuel from the boat.

She has also become a hazard to navigation and Capt Giles said DHNA was working to have the vessel removed as soon as possible in partnership with the owners and their insurers.

He said the causes of the capsize and sinking were unknown and an investigation would be held into the matter.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on March 9, 2016 at 4:20am

Fishermen Rescued from Sinking Boat off Galveston

Posted by Eric Haun
Tuesday, March 08, 2016, 10:44 AM
File A shrimp boat is grounded on South Galveston Jetty after three fisherman aboard were rescued by the Coast Guard. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Air Station Houston)
A shrimp boat is grounded on South Galveston Jetty after three fisherman aboard were rescued by the Coast Guard. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Air Station Houston)

Three fishermen rescued from sinking boat off Galveston South Jetty

A U.S. Coast Guard boat crew rescued three fisherman after their boat began sinking early Sunday morning near the jetty off Galveston.
Crewmembers of the shrimp boat Jana Lynn called Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders via VHF-FM channel 16 at around 3 a.m., reporting their boat was taking on water. 
Watchstanders launched a Station Galveston 45-foot response boat crew, who quickly retrieved the men before the situation got worse. They reported that their dewatering pumps lost power and they maneuvered the boat on the jetty to keep it from sinking.
Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Texas City pollution responders continue monitoring the situation and have seen no sign of leakage from the 3,000 gallons of marine diesel aboard the boat. Contractors are scheduled to attempt salvage operations as soon as weather permits, which may be Thursday or later.
Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on March 8, 2016 at 2:57am

Coast Guard rescues two off Boca Grande as boat sinks 


The Coast Guard rescued two St. Petersburg fishermen after their
37-foot boat sank 52 miles northwest of Boca Grande early Monday.At
2:27 a.m. watchstanders from Coast Guard Sector St.
Petersburg, received multiple Mayday calls via marine radio VHF-FM
channel 16 from the captain of the commercial fishing boat, Ruby-D,
stating his boat was sinking, and, along with his crewmember, was
abandoning ship.An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter rescue crew from U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater and a 45-foot response boat-medium from Station Cortez, Fl., were launched to the last known location of the activated EPIRB.

The boat crew arrived on scene at approximately 4:25 a.m., spotted a strobe
light in the distance and quickly located the fishermen in a life raft
nearby.The fishermen reported having stepped into the life raft
just as the boat sank, and used a strobe light and flares to help signal
the rescue crews to their location."These two men were quick to
react to a life threatening situation," said Petty Officer 2nd Class
Kyle Gaub, the coxswain aboard the RB-M. "They utilized all the correct
safety equipment including an EPIRB, strobe light and flares which
helped our search ten-fold."The RB-M crew brought both fishermen aboard and transported them safely back to Station Cortez.

There were no reported injuries

Added: 2 hours ago Occurred On: Mar-7-2016

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on March 8, 2016 at 2:37am

Former Tauranga restaurant sinks

Former Tauranga restaurant and ferry the Kestrel sunk in Auckland. Photo/John Borren Former Tauranga restaurant and ferry the Kestrel sunk in Auckland. Photo/John Borren

The Kestrel ferry, a former Tauranga restaurant, has sunk overnight at its berth in Auckland.

Auckland councillor Chris Darby tweeted that the Kestrel had broken up in the water.

"Ferry flotsam visible on the Waitemata from my morning ferry following the sudden sinking of the historic Kestrel at its berth overnight," he posted.

Luke Henshall, spokesman for Panuku Development Auckland, said: "I can confirm it has sunk at its berth at Wynyard Berth overnight."

A worker at Wynyard Quarter said he was completely shocked and saddened when he saw the boat.

"We got told at work that it looked like it had sunk so we came to look and there was nothing there, just rope. Now bits and pieces are bobbing on top of the water."

He said the incident was extremely sad.

"There is so much history here."

The man said it could have sunk in the past three hours.

Pieces of the boat can be seen floating to the top of the water surface.

It has been cordoned off by an floating orange cordon.

The cabin top can be seen amid other floating debris.

CEO of Auckland Seaplanes Chris Sattler said he was alerted to the incident early this morning.

"I got a call this morning just after six this morning informing us the Kestrel had sunk overnight.

"At that stage there was no debris in the water and there was no danger to navigational safety in the harbour," he said.

"They have now cordoned off the area where the Kestrel has sunk and they are retaining all the parts you see floating there."

Mr Sattler said it was a huge loss to the trust which was looking to restore it.

"It is a bit of a sad story because they were looking to restore the Kestrel but it was just a bit too expensive for the trust so they were waiting for something positive to happen and unfortunately I didn't happen."

He said his business would continue to operate today.

General manager of Panuku Development Auckland Marinas, Tom Warren, said it was unclear what had caused the Kestrel to sink.

"We are still looking into that at the moment. We were told at about 5.50 this morning and we are now just working through how to deal with the challenge that we have here."

He said it was also unclear what time the Kestrel had sunk.

"We will be reviewing out CCTV cameras to find that out."

He said he believed no one had been on board when it sank.

Mr Warren said the area had been bunded - a cordoning method which captures both debris and hydro carbons which may leak into the water.

"We have bonded the area so we will contain any hydro carbons. The Kestrel was supposedly meant to be completely clear of any oil so there should be none of that.

"The [cordon] will hold the debris that are there and once the Kestrel Preservation Society has contacted their insurance assessors they will start to clean up the debris that is there."

Mr Warren said there was no obvious evidence as to what had caused the boat to sink.

He said the plan now was to contain the debris and then work on dealing with the wreck and how it is removed.

"We are not sure on that yet, it is up to the Preservation Society's insurance company to advise on that.

"We will make sure that whatever debris is there will be removed."

The area where the Kestrel sank was 6 to 7 meters deep and the boat was sitting on the bottom of the marina floor.

Mr Warren said the sinking had come as a surprise and the Preservation Society were just coming to terms with what had happened.

"It is definitely a loss for Auckland and for the Preservation Society."

and another:

March 7, 2016 2:58 PM

Sailboat sinks in Bellingham Bay over weekend, cause unknown

Owner doesn’t have the money to pull the boat out of the water

DNR has a program to remove boats when the owner cannot

Vessel had no fuel on board, so there is not threat of pollution

No one was hurt when a double-masted sailboat sank over the weekend in Bellingham Bay.

The boat was anchored at the time it sunk.

Its pulpit and the top part of its masts could be seen sticking out of the water from the end of Cornwall Avenue on Monday, March 7.

Why it went under wasn’t known Monday.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on March 7, 2016 at 6:59am

Refugee boat sinks killing 25

Hiru News, 3 hours ago

A boat carrying refugees has sunk in the Aegean Sea killing 25. A total of 15 others were rescued by the Turkish coastguards. At least three children are believed to be among the dead, foreign media reports. The boat has capsized near the Turkish resort of Didim. It was en route to Greece from Turkey.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on March 4, 2016 at 8:51pm

Friday, 4 March 2016 | MYT 11:10 PM

Passengers jump into the sea as ferry sinks in Bali Strait

PETALING JAYA: A ferry capsized in the strait between the islands of Bali and Java on Friday and TV footage showed passengers standing on its side then jumping into the sea as the boat sank in placid waters.

Official statements about how many people were rescued ranged from 41 to 71.

Didi Hamzar, head of Bali's Search and Rescue Agency, said the ship's manifest listed 51 people on board including 14 crewmen. Passenger boats are frequently overloaded in Indonesia. He told Indonesia's TVOne that 10 people were missing based on the manifest.

Footage broadcast by TVOne showed other ships in the background as the ferry, Tafelia 2, sank in the narrow Bali Strait. It languished on its side before capsizing.

Boats are a popular and relatively cheap form of transportation in the world's largest archipelago nation which spans more than 17,000 islands with a population of 256 million. Sea accidents are common, with safety regulations often poorly enforced.

The ferry was enroute from Gilimanuk port in Bali to Banyuwangi on Java.

A local navy chief Lt. Col. Wahyu Endriawan said a total of 71 people have been rescued without any casualties.

"We cannot yet know whether some were trapped inside the ship which has totally submerged," he told MetroTV. – ANN/The Jakarta Post

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on March 4, 2016 at 3:48am

How did that happen? Mysterious case of sunken boat in luxury Elizabeth Bay Marina

March 3, 2016 6:27pm

A boat found mysteriously sunken in Elizabeth Bay. Picture: Supplied

INSURANCE investigators are this morning trying to determine how a near-seven metre boat was found submerged just below the surface of the Elizabeth Bay Marina.

Marina manager, Sean Tolkin said it was likely the “very heavy nor’-easterly winds” experienced last night had flipped the boat onto its side, causing water to flood the cabin.

The owner of the 6.7 metre half cabin fishing boat had only purchased it last week.

“He was shocked, we are all shocked,” Mr Tolkin said.

“He just upgraded to a new boat, he has occupied the berth for a while.”

Authorities were alerted to the submerged boat about 6.30pm after residents complained of a strong smell of petrol coming from the marina.

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