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 March 7, 2017 at 4:07am

Greece: 150 refugees rescued after boat sinks off coast of Lesbos

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 25, 2017 at 9:48pm

Thirteen missing after boat sinks in east China

PTI | Last Updated: Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 09:24

Beijing: Thirteen crew members have gone missing while seven others have been rescued after a fishing boat sank off the Zhejiang coast in eastern China.

The local maritime authorities were informed about the sinking last morning and requested the Donghai Fleet of Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy to assist them in the rescue operations, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday.

The steel-hull boat, 42.6 meters-long and 7.6 meters-wide, sank 130 sea miles to the east of Zhoushan City, Zhejiang Province.

Three naval frigates were sent to the shipwreck site.

Another naval vessel carrying a rescue helicopter later joined the rescue.

Forty-one nearby fishing boats were also mobilised, it said.

The search continued till late Friday night, the report said

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 19, 2017 at 11:35pm

Published : 19 Feb 2017, 17:10:37

10 dead in boat capsize in Sri Lanka

At least 10 people were killed and seven others were rescued after in a boat capsize near Sri Lanka’s southwestern coast.

Sri Lankan police spokesman Priyantha Jayakody said the boat was among 19 that took part in a religious festival procession Sunday from the fishing town of Beruwala, around 60 kilometers (37 miles) south of the capital, Colombo. The tragedy occurred when the boats were returning from the festival, reports Salon quoting AP.

It is unclear how many people were traveling in the boat and the search for more survivors is ongoing

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 15, 2017 at 5:48pm

All crew members rescued after commercial boat sinks off coast of Somalia

A crew of twelve members have been rescued after their small commercial boat sank off the coast of Somalia.

The boat had been on its way to the port of Hobyo in north-east Somalia when it was overturned by heavy winds and waves according to Abdifatah Hussein Sheikh, who is among the traders who suffered economical losses after the incident.

“Heavy storms overturned the boat and destroyed it,” Sheikh narrated.

He said all the crew members were rescued by helicopter owned by NATO counter-piracy mission.

“Efforts to rescue the crew were coordinated by the helicopter, closely monitored by the European Union Naval Force warship and it was successful one,” said Sheikh.

The commercial boat was carrying consignment for Somalia’s Galmudug traders.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 14, 2017 at 6:08am

Six Missing After Crab Fishing Vessel Sinks in Bering Sea

February 13, 2017

The U.S. Coast Guard is continuing to search for the six missing crewmembers of the Seattle-based crab fishing vessel Destination, which is believed to have sunk in the Bering Sea off St. George, Alaska over the weekend.

The Coast Guard said Saturday that it had launched a search after picking up an electronic position indicating radio beacon (EPIRB) alert from the fishing vessel approximately two miles northwest of St. George in the Bering Sea.  

The EPIRB was recovered among a debris field containing buoys, a life ring from fishing vessel Destination and an oil sheen, the Coast Guard said. 

Weather on scene on Saturday was reported to be 30-mph winds with five to eight-foot seas and snowing. Air temp was reported to be 21 degrees with a sea temperature of 3o degrees. 

The Coast Guard Cutter Morgenthau arrived on scene Sunday at 10 a.m. to assist with an Air Station Kodiak MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew currently deployed on the cutter. Citizens of St. George have also been patrolling the shoreline for any signs of the crew or vessel.

Coast Guard crews assisting in the search included two HC-130 Hercules airplane crews, two MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crews, an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew, as well as the Morgenthau.

An active search was still underway of Monday.

“Prayers are needed for our brothers on the F/V Destination and their families,” said Capt. Casey McManus, captain of the “Deadliest Catch” fishing vessel F/V Cornelia Marie. “Their EPIRB went off this morning triggering a search by the US Coast Guard. So far, a life ring, the EPIRB and some debris is all that had been recovered. An oil slick has been report on the surface, and a Hercules -130 aircraft and two Jayhawk choppers are conducting a search pattern along with the Silver Spray and the Bering Rose. The wind has come down, but it’s only 20 degrees and the seawater is 30. Please pray. The picture below does not do the boat justice. It was a very sturdy platform that was maintained at the highest levels. So hard to believe it could happen to a boat like this, with an amazing crew.”

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 8, 2017 at 8:44pm

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Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 4, 2017 at 3:02am

12 saved as fishing boat sinks off north coast of Spain
Source: Xinhua   2017-02-04 03:19:32    

MADRID, Feb. 3 (Xinhua) -- Twelve fishermen were saved by Spanish Maritime Rescue Services on Friday after their boat went down in high seas due to gale force winds off the north coast of Spain.

Maritime Rescue Services confirmed that the "Gure Uxua" sank 80 km off the coast of Asturias, but that all of the crew was rescued in an operation involving three helicopters and three rescue boats.

Two distress calls were received after which five of the crew members were rescued by the Pesca II helicopter and taken to hospital in the town of Celeiro, while the other seven were flown to hospital in Gijon.

Authorities confirmed that some of those rescued were suffering from "severe hypothermia", but were alive.

This is the most important incident to date that has happened as a result of the storm force winds of up to 130 kilometers per hour which are affecting the northwest and north coast of Spain.

The community of Galicia in the far northwest is currently on red alert as a result of the high winds and expected rainfall, while the rest of the north coast is on orange alert.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 29, 2017 at 6:53pm

Boat carrying 28 Chinese tourists sinks off Malaysia: Xinhua | Reuters

KUALA LUMPUR Malaysia navy ships scrambled on Sunday to rescue 31 people including 28 Chinese tourists aboard a boat which sank off the coast of Borneo, maritime officials and Chinese state media reported.

Passengers were in the water awaiting help, China’s consulate general’s office in Kota Kinabalu said, according to China’s official Xinhua news agency. Malaysian officials were unable to immediately confirm the report.

The boat left Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Malaysia’s eastern Sabah state, at about 9 a.m. (0100 GMT) on Saturday bound for the popular tourist spot of Mengalum island, Malaysian officials said.

It was reported missing at about 9.50 p.m. after failing to arrive at the island and a search operation was launched soon after, Sabah and Labuan Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) deputy director Rahim Ramli said.

Bad weather was hampering the search effort, which covers an area of about 400 nautical square miles.

“We are looking at strong winds and choppy waters,” he said.

The Malaysian navy, maritime police and air force were involved in the search, the MMEA said in a statement.

The Chinese consulate in Kota Kinabalu earlier on Sunday asked the state government to step up the search effort, Xinhua reported.

The China National Tourism Administration said it has initiated emergency response procedures.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 22, 2017 at 1:17am

One killed, 12 missing in boat capsize in China

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing  January 21, 2017 Last Updated at 12:42 IST

One person was killed and 12 others were reported missing today when a Chinese fishing vessel capsized in East Sea.

China's navy has rushed two frigates and a drone to conduct search operations.

The Chinese fishing boat, Liaoda Zhongyu 15126, that had 13 crew on board sank yesterday, the Chinese Navy said.

Frigates Suzhou and Ji'an arrived in the area and began their search after the Donghai Fleet received requests for assistance from the maritime rescue center in Jiangsu Province.

A military drone was also dispatched, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

One person was killed and 12 others were reported missing today when a Chinese fishing vessel capsized in East Sea.

China's navy has rushed two frigates and a drone to conduct search operations.

The Chinese fishing boat, Liaoda Zhongyu 15126, that had 13 crew on board sank yesterday, the Chinese Navy said.

Frigates Suzhou and Ji'an arrived in the area and began their search after the Donghai Fleet received requests for assistance from the maritime rescue center in Jiangsu Province.

A military drone was also dispatched, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 14, 2017 at 6:57pm

Seven rescued as cargo ship sinks off Ramsgate

Seven people have been rescued from life rafts in the sea after abandoning a sinking cargo ship near Kent.

An extensive rescue operation was carried out overnight by search teams after the boat went down about 35 nautical miles (40 miles) off Ramsgate.

Rescue helicopters, a lifeboat, and Dutch helicopter and several merchant vessels all came to the aid of the sinking 90m-long vessel.

Coastguards said the crew sent a Mayday alert before abandoning the ship.

Ian Guy, from the UK coastguard, said an emergency call came shortly before midnight.

'Crew ended up in sea'

"They were taking on water rapidly and planning to abandon the ship," he said.

"When they made the call, I understand the boat was already going under and by the time they finished the call, they didn't make it to the life rafts.

"The boat was under the water and they were themselves in the water."

He said the crew managed to get on the life rafts from where they were rescued, but added they had all been in the sea in January and were airlifted to hospital with potential hypothermia but no serious injuries.

Weather conditions were "challenging" with severe gale-force winds, he added.

Ships nearby managed to reach the stranded crew first, but a merchant ship near the scene was unable to deploy its fast rescue inflatable craft because of the conditions.

It is not yet clear whether it was the weather or another problem which caused the ship to sink, or whether any cargo was on board.

and another:

Refugee crisis: More than 100 asylum seekers drown as boat sinks in the Mediterranean Sea

Disaster comes day after more than 550 migrants rescued between Libya and Italy

The disaster came a day after two migrants were found crushed to death in a dinghy AP

More than 100 refugees have drowned after a boat sank in rough conditions in the Mediterranean Sea as the crisis shows no sign of slowing.

The Italian Navy was searching for survivors from the vessel, which was believed to be carrying up to 110 people.

Only four survivors were pulled from the water, with at least eight bodies found so far.

​Flavio Di Giacomo, from the International Organisation for Migration, told The Independent around 106 people were thought to have died and described the conditions at sea as "extremely bad".

The boat went down in waters between Libya and Italy, which has become the deadliest sea crossing in the world since the start of the refugee crisis.

It claimed the vast majority of more than 5,000 lives lost in treacherous boat journeys to Europe in 2016, the deadliest year on record, with people drowning or being crushed or suffocated in overcrowded smugglers' boats.

Saturday's disaster was the worst single incident so far this year, which has already seen at least 122 deaths at sea.

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