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 January 27, 2014 at 4:43am

21 die as boat capsizes off Port Blair

Rescue operations under way after a tourist boat capsized in the Bay of Bengal off Port Blair in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands on Sunday. Photo: Special Arrangement and PTI
Rescue operations under way after a tourist boat capsized in the Bay of Bengal off Port Blair in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands on Sunday.

Had help reached in time, many would have survived, says one survivor

Twenty-one tourists drowned when a private tourist boat capsized in the sea off Port Blair on Sunday evening after a futile wait for help. Most passengers were from Kancheepuram in Tamil Nadu.

The passengers on board ‘Aqua Marine,’ which sunk a few metres off the harbour in Port Blair, were not given life jackets, R. Gajendra Kumar, one of the survivors and Deputy Superintendent of Police (Police Training College), Chennai, told The Hindu over phone.

“Even as we demanded life jackets, the boat operator said that all safety measures were in place and that there was no need to worry. The boat was carrying people far in excess of the permissible limit. Besides our group of 32 from Kancheepuram, there were some North Indian families that joined us in the last minute,” said Mr. Kumar, who survived the accident along with his wife.

The boat, carrying 46 passengers and three crew members, was on its way to North Bay from Ross Island, when it capsized around 4 p.m. Though the shore was close by, no help came for a long time.

“We could even see a defence vessel and other ships anchored along the harbour ... as I almost lost hope a boat operator came and dropped some life jackets. Some private divers rescued us,” Mr. Kumar said. Had life jackets been given or help come in time, many would have survived, he said.

Death toll

Inspector-General of Coast Guard and Regional Commander (Andaman and Nicobar Islands) V.S.R. Murthy confirmed that 21 people died, 27 were rescued and the fate of one was not known. “In less than an hour, we launched a helicopter and vessels to rescue the victims. We were able to pull out some from the sea and shift them to the hospital. It has been confirmed that 21 were brought dead and 11 were undergoing treatment.”

Earlier, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa said 28 persons had died. Thirty-three of those on board were from Kancheepuram district.

Asked whether the boat sank due to inclement weather, Mr. Murthy said the weather was normal

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 26, 2014 at 8:10am

Updated: January 25, 2014 16:39 IST

Ten drown in Russian border patrol boat capsize

As many as 10 people drowned after a Russian border patrol vessel capsized off the coast of Kunashir, a Russia—controlled island north of Japan, officials confirmed on Saturday.

The 10 passengers, among them members of Russia’s Federal Security Service — responsible for the country’s border control — and several maritime experts, were on their way to a larger ship off the coast of Japan when a wave caused the vessel to capsize.

Russian authorities confirmed that four bodies had been recovered thus far, news agency Itar—Tass reported.

The remaining six passengers are very unlikely to have survived the icy water temperatures, officials said.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 19, 2014 at 3:18am

Updated: January 18, 2014 17:34 IST

Three drown, eight missing in Malaysia boat capsize

Three people drowned on Saturday and eight others remained missing after a motorboat capsized in a river in eastern Malaysia, a police official said.

Sixteen others were rescued after the accident near a village in the town of Mukah in the state of Sarawak, 1,155 km east of Kuala Lumpur, according to state police chief Muhammad Sabtu Othman.

Muhammad said the victims were on their way back home after attending a wedding reception in a nearby village when the accident occurred.

Search and rescue operations were continuing for the missing victims.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on December 23, 2013 at 5:33pm

6 drown, 1 survivor as leisure fishing boat capsizes off the west coast of Portugal

Portuguese officials say six people have drowned and one survivor was hospitalized with hypothermia after a leisure fishing boat capsized in rough seas off the country's west coast.

The sole survivor, a 37-year-old man, swam to the beach on Costa de Caparica, 15 kilometers (9 miles) west of Lisbon, to alert authorities late Saturday, according to maritime police deputy chief Pacheco Antunes. The man was then taken to a nearby hospital.

Antunes said Sunday that investigators examining the boat, a fiberglass recreational boat equipped for fishing, have found a large hole in its hull. A week ago, six students drowned on a beach not far from where the boat capsized.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on December 8, 2013 at 7:51pm

08 December 2013| last updated at 12:30AM

Boat with 13 commandos feared capsized

KUALA LUMPUR: A boat with 13 commandos from Kem Sungai Udang is feared to have capsized after failing to land with other groups at Pulau Upeh, Malacca yesterday.

The commandos comprising two officers and 11 trainees in four boats were involved in rowing training from Sungai Udang to Pulau Upeh.
Armed Forces Chief Gen Tan Sri Zulkifeli Mohd Zin said three boats arrived at Pulau Upeh at 10.30pm yesterday but another boat did not make it.
"It is understood the weather turned turbulent as the three boats were about to land at Pulau Upeh," he said when contacted by Bernama tonight.
Zulkifeli said 44 commandos were involved in the rowing training course.
Meanwhile, Army Chief Gen Datuk Raja Mohamed Affandi Raja Mohamed Noor said a search and rescue operation was conducted this afternoon but the commandos could not be found.
"I understand that the three boats that arrived on Pulau Upeh nearly capsized after being hit by storng waves.   
"We searched for them since dawn but don't want to speculate as the search and rescue operation is continuing.
"We are worried if they strayed into Indonesian waters. I have briefed my Indonesia counterpart on the matter," he added.
The search and rescue operation also involve the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA), Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) and the police. --BERNAMA

The search and rescue for the 13 soldiers who were feared drowned after their boat went missing during a rowing training exercise to Pulau Nangka in Malacca. NST/Muhammad Hatim Ab Manan.

Four drown as boat capsizes in UP

Four persons, including a teenage girl, drowned and three others went missing when a boat capsized in Sikandarpur area here, police said today. 
A boat ferrying 21 labourers capsized in Ghagra river last evening and while 14 people were saved by the local fishermen, seven went missing, they said. 
The body of Sukhrani (32) was found yesterday. 
Police team during the search operation today fished out the bodies of Prabhawati (45), Kalawati (45) and Sarita (15). 
Efforts are on in search of remaining persons, police said.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on December 5, 2013 at 7:08pm

Flood relief boat capsized, six passengers escape death

KEMAMAN: Six relief workers, including a doctor, almost drowned when the boat they were travelling in capsized here on Wednesday.

They were however saved by the life jackets before another boat rescued them 10 minutes later.

One of them, Dr Norbaiti Yusoff, 30, said they clung on tightly to the capsized boat that was swept off by strong currents until they were spotted by another relief boat travelling behind them.

Dr Norbaiti who was with nurse Norwati Muhammad, 30, two male officers from the Welfare Department and two boat drivers were on their way to Kampung Seberang Tayur to send supplies and tend to the sick at the flood relief centre there.

Norbaiti and Norwati left the Kertih clinic at 8am and joined the others in the team in the afternoon for the trip.

"However, the boat driver decided to change direction and headed towards Kampung Pasir Gajah as the currents were too strong,"

She said the boat overturned after it hit an electrical cable as the driver was making a turn towards their new destination at around 6.45pm.

"It capsized and we had to cling ourselves to the boat that was swept away by strong current," she said.


Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on December 5, 2013 at 7:04pm

Filmmaker drowns, 15 others saved as Dapitan City tour boat capsizes

DIPOLOG CITY, Zamboanga del Norte—A sea tour by a group of Zamboanga City photographers to a picturesque island in the adjacent historical city of Dapitan turned tragic after its motorized boat capsized on Wednesday noon, drowning a visiting physician-filmmaker even as 15 others were rescued.

National hero Jose P. Rizal was exiled by the Spanish authorities to Dapitan City for four years, where he spent the last days of his life.

A police report received at Camp Hamac in this capital city by Provincial Police Director Sr. Superintendent James B. Mejia identified the victim as Dr. Bob Aquino, a native of San Fernando City, Pampanga, and owner of the newly established Zamboanga City-based Hypernova Productions.

The report listed some of the survivors as Dapitan City Tourism Officer Apple Marie Agulong who served as the team’s tourist guide, Western Mindanao (Zamboanga peninsula) Region 9 Tourism Operations Officer Estephanie Apolonio, boat skipper Anacleto Galleposo and photographer Jessie Yu.

Most of survivors are members of Zamboanga City’s REVPOR Photographers Club, the report said.

The group reportedly departed from the Dapitan City port early Wednesday morning for scenic Aliguay Island, some two hours boat ride away from the mainland, for photo coverage.

The coconut-laddened elongated island was earlier acquired and later developed by former Zamboanga del Norte Rep. Romeo G. Jalosjos who also owns the internationally known Dakak Park and Beach Resort (DPBR) in Barangay Taguilon.

Agulong said the group was sailing back midway to the mainland early afternoon when4-meter-high waves suddenly swept the DPBR-owned vessel, causing the watercraft to capsize, spilling out all its riders to the sea water. A passing fishing boat plucked the members of the team who were all screaming for help.

Agulong quoted Dapitan City Health Officer Dr. Rolito Cataluna, who conducted a post-mortem examination on Aquino, as saying that the filmmaker “suffered cardiac arrest” during the sea incident.

The survivors were later taken to the Zamboanga del Norte Provincial Hospital for appropriate medical checkup, Agulong said.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 26, 2013 at 7:04pm

Rescue underway as 100 Haitian migrants cling to capsized boat, 10 drowned

The U.S. Coast Guard is rescuing the migrants on the 40-foot sail freighter that ran aground near the Bahamas.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2013, 11:07 AM


The ship ran aground 15 miles southwest of Staniel Cay island in the Bahamas.

At least 10 Haitian migrants have drowned and 100 others are clinging to a capsized boat awaiting rescue, the U.S. Coast Guard reported Tuesday.

The 40-foot overloaded sail freighter ran aground and capsized 10 miles southwest of Staniel Cay island in the Bahamas Monday night, the Coast Guard said.

The Coast Guard had already rescued 13 migrants by helicopter, and dropped supplies and rafts to the others awaiting further help.


The Coast Guard had already rescued 13 migrants by helicopter, and dropped supplies and rafts to the others awaiting further help.


An MH-60 helicopter helped hoist 13 people from the water using a mass rescue raft, the guard said.

The freighter ran aground and capsized Monday evening, the Coast Guard said. At least 10 have drowned.


The freighter ran aground and capsized Monday evening, the Coast Guard said. At least 10 have drowned.

The remaining 100 — crowded atop the hull of the ship — were in the process of being rescued with the help of an 108-foot patrol boat manned by the Royal Bahamian Defense Force Tuesday morning, the Coast Guard said.



The U.S. Coast Guard was in the process of rescuing 100 Haitian migrants clinging to a capsized boat Tuesday morning.

The island is roughly 260 miles southeast of Miami.

Additional choppers dropped eight life rafts, food and supplies for the migrants.

Typically, Haitians who reach the U.S. without passing through customs are deported if caught — unlike Cuban refugees.

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Comment by Tracie Crespo on November 26, 2013 at 4:24pm

Not necessarily a capsize, but I wonder if the "submerged object" the captain struck was a new piece of rock jutting up that caused this...

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Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 16, 2013 at 5:09am

More of the boat people.

12 migrants dead after boat capsizes in Greek waters, 15 rescued

ATHENS, Greece - Twelve migrants, believed to be Syrians, were found dead in western Greece on Friday after a plastic boat still tied to rocks capsized in calm weather, authorities said.

Another 15 people survived the incident that occurred near the island of Lefkada and prompted Greece's left-wing main opposition party to accuse the European Union of turning the Mediterranean into a "sea of death."

Coast guard divers recovered the bodies of four children and eight adults after survivors alerted authorities, the Merchant Marine Ministry said. The migrants were presumed to have been headed to nearby Italy from the western Greek mainland.

Ministry officials said the migrants were aboard a plastic boat that was 7-8 metres (23-26 feet) in length. The survivors were being taken to hospitals for observation.

Lefkada Mayor Costas Aravanis said weather conditions had been good when the boat capsized, adding that smuggling was common in the area.

"There have been cases in the past where smugglers tricked the immigrants and left them on Lefkada, claiming they had arrived in Italy," he said.

An official involved in the investigation told The Associated Press that most of the people on the boat were believed to be Syrians. He asked not to be identified pending official announcements.

Greece is the European Union's busiest transit point for illegal immigration.

"The new tragedy off Lefkada, with victims including young children, confirms the need to immediately implement initiatives taken by the European Union, with Greece's initiative, too, to deal with the problem of illegal migration," said government spokesman Simos Kedikoglou.

But the opposition Syriza party accused Greece and the rest of the EU of treating refugees like criminals.

"Europe is continuing its deadly pursuit of the victims of catastrophes who are seeking safe haven," the party said. "This has gone on long enough. The Mediterranean must stop being a sea of death."



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