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 27, 2013 at 6:05pm

Indonesia: 21 die, 74 go missing in boat capsize IANS | Updated Sep 27, 2013 at 08:09pm IST

A boat carrying asylum seekers heading to Australia sank in the waters off West Java in Indonesia on Friday, killing at least 21 people and leaving 74 others missing, a local military officer said. The boat carrying 120 people from Pakistan and Lebanon was hit and pushed by huge waves in waters off Cianjur in West Java, Xinhua quoted Budi Mawan, officer in-charge of the military command at Cianjur, as saying. "The boat sank in Cianjur's water. The bodies were found by the local police and sailors," Mawan told Xinhua over phone from Cianjur. Indonesia: 21 die, 74 go missing in boat capsize

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 27, 2013 at 6:02pm

Five crewmen dead and one still missing after cargo ship capsizes following collision with tanker off coast of Japan

  • Two cargo ships crashed this morning off the coast of Japan
  • Five men from the capsized Eifuku Maru No. 18 were found dead inside the vessel
  • Coastguard patrols are still searching for one missing man
  • The Eifuku Maru was struck by the Jia Hui, which is more than five times heavier, and capsized
  • Six crewmen from the overturned vessel were missing
  • The coastguard found five of the men dead inside the ship, and one man is still missing

Five men have died in a cargo ship collision which caused a 450-tonne boat to capsize.

Coastguards found five bodies inside the Eifuku Maru No. 18, which overturned off the coast of Japan after crashing into the much larger Jia Hui, which weighs 2,687 tonnes.

Divers, helicopters and coastguard patrol boats are still searching for one missing man who was on the Eifuku Maru.

Capsized: The Eifuku Maru No. 18 capsized off the coast of Japan this morning

Capsized: The Eifuku Maru No. 18 capsized off the coast of Japan this morning

Search: The coastguard in Japan is looking for six men who are missing after the Eifuku Maru capsized

Search: The coastguard in Japan is looking for six men who are missing after the Eifuku Maru capsized

Rescue: Members of the coastguard are seen checking for survivors on the upturned hull of the Eifuku Maru

Rescue: Members of the coastguard are seen checking for survivors on the upturned hull of the Eifuku Maru

The crash - which is still unexplained - took place early this morning seven miles west of Izu Oshima Island, near Tokyo.

There was initially hope that all six men could be alive, but the coastguard later confirmed they had found five bodies with no pulse inside the boat the same afternoon.

The lost crewmen included skipper Shingo Okawa, 62, and deputy skipper Tomokai Takai, 40, though it is now unclear which men have been found and who is still missing. 

The crew of the Jia Hui, twelve Chinese people and a Malaysian, are believed to be safe and unharmed by the accident.

Unscathed: The crew of the Jia Hui, pictured, are thought to be fine

Aftermath: The Jia Hui is seen in the foreground while the upturned Eifuku Maru, attended by a coastguard patrol boat, is visible in the distance

They were being questioned this afternoon on board the ship about the incident.

It is still not known what exactly caused the crash.

The capsized Eifuku Maru, registered in Japan, had almost reached its destination of Ichikawa, Japan, having come from the small Sado Island.

The Jia Hui, which is registered in Sierra Leone, had not long begun its journey from Kawasaki, near Tokyo, towards Busan in South Korea.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 16, 2013 at 6:40am

Ship collides with ferry, sinks; five crew members missing in Egypt

HURGHADA, Egypt, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- Rescuers found three missing survivors of a ship that sunk at Hurghada port in Egypt but five people were unaccounted for, rescue workers said.

The Jasmine sank Sunday morning after it collided with the Riyadh Ferry, which had been carrying 1,200 passengers and 40 cars on a route to the port of Duba, al-Masry al-Youm reported.

The Jasmine had a crew of eight people onboard, three of whom were found Sunday, and another five of whom were still missing.

The three survivors were taken to Hurghada Public Hospital and put under medical observation, the news agency said. The search for the five missing crew members is ongoing.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 22, 2013 at 4:35am

More than 100 rescued from sinking boat

Possibly all of the people aboard a sinking asylum seeker boat north of Christmas Island have been rescued.

Two of the 106 picked up have minor injuries and search and rescue operations continue.

Australian authorities are on the scene, which is reported to be 120 nautical miles north of Christmas Island.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority received a request for help from a person on board the boat this morning.

HMAS Parramatta arrived on the scene at about 2.20pm NZ time on Tuesday and reported that the boat had capsized.

According to an AMSA spokeswoman, the Navy vessel conducted a rescue operation ''with support from a Customs Dash-8 aircraft".

Another Navy boat, a merchant vessel and a P3 Orion aircraft were also called on to help.

The boat capsizing comes as the federal government faces a legal challenge to its recently announced resettlement plan, which it says would mean no asylum seekers who arrive in Australia by boat would be resettled in Australia.

The government has claimed that boat arrivals have fallen by as much as 30 per cent in the month since the Papua New Guinea plan was announced in July, although a Fairfax Media analysis showed the drop was less than 20 per cent.

Christmas Island is around 500 kilometres south of Jakarta, Indonesia. It is a popular destination for asylum seekers who crowd into boats at Indonesian ports and pay smugglers to ferry 

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 10, 2013 at 7:46am

Bulk Carrier Kiani Satu Runs Aground Off South Africa [IMAGES]


Image: NSRI

Image: NSRI

Image: Bianca Bezuidenhout, Wilderness NSRI crew

Image: Bianca Bezuidenhout, Wilderness NSRI crew

Picture Bianca Bezuidenhout, Wilderness NSRI crew

Picture Bianca Bezuidenhout, Wilderness NSRI crew

Image: NSRI

Image: NSRI

South Africa’s National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) has reported that as of 1002 local time, all 19 crew members from the bulk carrier Kiani Satu are safe after being airlifted from their stricken vessel.

The 165-meter bulk carrier was transporting a cargo of rice from Cape Town to Gabon Hong Kong to Ghana when it encountered engine troubles along the southern shore of South Africa. They alerted the NSRI at 0339 this morning of their situation.

Buffels Bay South Africa

Buffels Bay, South Africa


“The crew members, Ukranian and Filipino nationals, are handed into the care of Police Sea Borderline and they will be transported to Mossel Bay for visa control processing and accommodated,” commented Graeme Harding, NSRI Knysna station commander.

“The ship had washed side on to the shore during the early morning and came to rest hard aground after her anchor dragged and the tug boat was not able to hold her off against rough sea swells of 5 meters and strong gusting to 45 knot onshore winds. The decision was taken by the ships Captain to abandon the ship and the safest method was to deploy the helicopter and hoist the crew off the ship while our NSRI rescue boats stood by to assist if necessary.”

The salvage vessel SMIT AMANDLA has been dispatched from Cape Town and is expected to reach the scene the evening of 8 August, notes the NSRI.

A wet cargo of rice could spell the demise of the Kiani Satu however.  As one person has noted, rice absorbs water, and thus a cargo of wet rice could put an order of magnitude more strain on the hull, complicating salvage efforts.

Rice could also be a fairly dangerous cargo from salvage standpoint.  As a friend of mine in the food business explained, wet (saturated) rice is an incredibly good breeding ground for bacteria.  Removing hundreds of thousands of pounds of moldy rice could require an entirely different approach to this salvage job.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 7, 2013 at 11:21pm

Senegal boat capsizes, spilling diesel fuel in sea

Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013 | 12:27 a.m.

A boat that capsized off the coast of Senegal's capital is now leaking diesel fuel into the ocean near a scenic island.

Senegalese Environment Minister Haidar El Ali said Monday the accident took place later Friday near Madeleine Island, about a 15-minute ride by wooden boat from Dakar.

The minister said authorities were trying to do all that they can to contain the spill near the island, whose waters are home to a diverse array of fish.

The boat was carrying some 45,000 liters (nearly 12,000 gallons) of diesel fuel. Crews are trying to get the boat out of the area though initially they had been hampered by high winds.

Senegalese authorities said the boat had a fishing license from neighboring Mauritania and an investigation will be conducted.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 2, 2013 at 9:07am

Cargo Ship Capsized Off Thailand. 11 Crew Members Missing

Posted on Jul 5th, 2013  

Cargo Ship Capsized Off Thailand

Bangladeshi cargo ship MV Hope capsized in heavy seas south of Phuket, Thailand on Thursday morning with 17 crew members onboard, the Royal Thai Navy reported.

Six MV Hope’s crew members were rescued. Five of them were found in a lifeboat and rescued by a German container ship Buxmoon. The Royal Thai Navy managed to recue one injured sailor by a helicopter and transferred him to Phuket Hospital for recovery.

The Navy told local news portals that the search is ongoing for other 11 sailors that have gone missing.

The ship was sailing from Lumut port in Malaysia to Chittagong port, Bangladesh when it capsized due to high waves reaching up to four meters.

The MV Hope’s certificate showed that the vessel had been overloaded by 1,000 metric tonnes of cargo more than its capacity, which might have caused the accident, according to the information provided to Chittagong Port Authority by the owners, BD News 24 reports.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 31, 2013 at 6:55pm

At least 24 migrants dead after boat capsizes in Aegean Sea off Turkey’s coast

Wednesday, July 31, 8:23 AM

ISTANBUL — Turkey’s state run Anatolia news agency says that at least 24 migrants have drowned after a boat capsized in the Aegean Sea 10 miles off the Turkish coast.

The Turkish Coast Guard responded to an SOS call from the speed boat’s captain early Wednesday. Video footage taken by Anatolia shows a coast guard boat returning with bodies under sheets on the deck. News reports said that 42 people were rescued, including citizens of Syria, Burma and Afghanistan.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 31, 2013 at 6:58am

12 missing after boat sinks 
off Sumbawa

Comment by Tracie Crespo on July 24, 2013 at 1:14pm

3 killed, dozens rescued after boat capsizes off Indonesia

JAKARTA, Indonesia -- Three people died but another 157 suspected asylum seekers were rescued after their boat sank off the southern coast of Indonesia, officials said on Wednesday.

The latest case of a boat sinking while attempting the perilous journey came five days after Australia slammed the door on would-be refugees with a deal to send all boat arrivals to Papua New Guinea for assessment and eventual settlement.

The debate over refugees and people smuggling has long been a hot political issue in Australia and has intensified with an election looming in a few weeks.

Earlier on Wednesday, News Ltd and other Australian media reported that the boat was carrying as many as 170 people and that up to 60 were feared dead or missing.

Indonesian emergency authorities however said later that 160 people were on board and that three had died, two women and a 12-year-old boy from Sri Lanka.

"(The survivors) have been taken to a temporary immigration holding facility ... They seem fine," Rochmali, the head of the search and rescue office for West Java, told Reuters.

There were also conflicting reports about the nationalities of those on board. They were described variously as coming from Iran, Iraq and Bangladesh, as well as Sri Lanka.

The boat capsized late on Tuesday after hitting a reef off the coast of Sukapura, about 170 miles south of the capital Jakarta, said Rochmali, who like many Indonesians uses one name.

Since 2001, about 1,000 people have died while trying to reach Australia's Indian Ocean territory of Christmas Island in unseaworthy boats. More than 15,000 asylum seekers have arrived by boat in Australian territory this year.

On Friday, Canberra announced tough new measures to stem a sharp increase in the number of refugee boats heading for Australia from Indonesia.

The new plans have been condemned by human rights groups, with Amnesty International accusing it of shirking its moral obligations to help the world's most vulnerable people.



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