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 Tracie Crespo on October 10, 2022 at 3:35pm

Almost 80 people killed as boat capsizes in flood-swollen river

CBSNews - 2h ago
People stranded due to floods following several days of downpours In Kogi Nigeria, October 6, 2022. / Credit: Fatai Campbell/AP
People stranded due to floods following several days of downpours In Kogi Nigeria, October 6, 2022. / Credit: Fatai Campbell/AP© Provided by CBS News

Lagos — Almost everyone on board a boat died when it capsized in a flood-swollen river in Nigeria's Anambra state, President Muhammadu Buhari said on Sunday. An estimated 85 people were taking the overloaded boat on Friday when flooding of the Niger River caused it to tip over.

"The boat reportedly carrying 85 persons capsized following rising floods in Ogbaru area of the state, with emergency services confirming a death toll of 76," Buhari's office quoted him as saying.

He directed the emergency services to provide relief to the victims.

"I pray for the repose of the souls of the deceased and for everyone's safety, as well as the well-being of the family members of the victims of this tragic accident," he added.

Earlier on Sunday, the emergency services said rising water level was hampering rescue efforts.

An image from Google Maps indicates with a red marker the Ogbaru area of Nigeria's Anambra state, where an overloaded boat capsized in the flood-swollen Niger River on October 7, 2022, leaving dozens of people dead. / Credit: Google Maps
An image from Google Maps indicates with a red marker the Ogbaru area of Nigeria's Anambra state, where an overloaded boat capsized in the flood-swollen Niger River on October 7, 2022, leaving dozens of people dead. / Credit: Google Maps© Provided by CBS News

"The water level is very high and too risky for a smooth search and rescue operation," Thickman Tanimu, the southeast coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) told AFP.

He said the flooding was the worst the country has seen in years, with the water level around one-tenth higher than a decade ago.

NEMA requested the Nigerian Air Force provide helicopters for the rescue operation.

Anambra state governor Charles Soludo urged residents of flood-ravaged areas to relocate, while adding that the government would provide relief to those affected by the disaster.

"This development is still a shock to the government and good people of Anambra State. I sympathize with the families of people involved," Soludo said in a statement.

Boat accidents occur regularly in Nigeria because of overloading, speeding, poor maintenance and disregarding navigation rules.

Since the start of the rainy season, many regions of the West African nation of more than 200 million people have been devastated by floods.

More than 300 people have been killed and at least 100,000 made homeless, according to the emergency services.

The continuous rain has washed away farmland and crops, sparking fears of food shortages, famine and hunger in a country already struggling with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine.

Comment by Yvonne Lawson on March 14, 2022 at 7:19pm


A nearly 1,100-foot-long container ship ran aground Sunday night on its way out of the Port of Baltimore, and as of Monday the ship was still stuck with no indication of when it could be moved.

Coast Guard Petty Officer First Class Stephen Lehmann tells Bay Bulletin the container ship Ever Forward, which sails under the Hong Kong flag, ran aground before 11 p.m. Sunday. No one was injured. The Evergreen Marine Corp. (also based in Hong Kong) ship was headed for Norfolk when it got stuck near the Craighill Channel. Ever Forward was built in 2020, is 1,050 feet long, and reportedly draws about 42.6 feet of water.

While there was no initial impact on marine traffic, Lehmann said on Monday that water access will be restricted when salvage operations begin. He had no indication when that would be.

Lehmann says the Coast Guard is assisting the captain with the salvage, looking into whether there is any pollution or environmental impact, and is also investigating the cause of the incident. Bay Bulletin will update this story as it develops.

Evergreen made international headlines with another of its ships—the supersized container ship Ever Given, which blocked the Suez Canal a year ago, bringing worldwide shipping trade to a grinding halt.


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Comment by Tracie Crespo on May 3, 2021 at 3:15pm

Boat accident off San Diego coast leaves 4 dead, nearly 2 dozen hospitalized

Monday, May 3, 2021 7:00AM

SAN DIEGO -- At least four people died after a crowded "smuggling vessel" hit a reef and capsized off the coast of San Diego on Sunday morning, officials said.

The incident took place around 9:56 a.m. local time, when a call came in from a commercial vessel that reported there was another boat in trouble near Point Loma leading into San Diego Bay, according to Rick Romero of the San Diego Lifeguard Services.

Three people were killed and more than two dozen others were hospitalized after a wooden boat capsized Sunday.

The initial report said there was just one person aboard the distressed ship. However, rescuers said there were as many as 30 people involved. James Gartland, the lifeguard chief for the city of San Diego, said the vessel hit a reef and broke.

"There are people in the water drowning, getting sucked by currents, people on shore," Romero told reporters at a news conference.

Seven people were in the water, and two had drowned, according to Romero. The remainder of the passengers were taken to area hospitals with conditions ranging from "hypothermia and injuries from the vessel breaking," Romero said.

At least three people needed CPR, according to Gartland.

Weather conditions, which caused the boat to break apart, also hindered the rescue efforts, according to a source with knowledge of the investigation. There were seven-foot swells, low clouds and some rain.

Divers could not go in the water because the weather was so bad, the source told ABC News.

"I would have thought there were four people on that boat, you know there weren't a lot of people, four to six people on that boat," said witness Michael Jacobson. "And then all of a sudden, bodies just started coming up and jumping off, and it started tipping, tipping quite a bit."

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection is investigating the crash since it took place in federal waters.

Jeff Stephenson, a Border Patrol agent, told reporters that the boat was a smuggling vessel, and the likely operator was in custody.

"(Smugglers) don't care about the people they're exploiting, all they care about is profit. To them, these people are just commodities," Stephenson told reporters.

WATCH: Officials give update after boat capsizes off San Diego

Three people were killed and more than two dozen others were hospitalized after a wooden boat capsized Sunday during a possible human smuggling operation just off the San Diego coast, authorities said.

Sharp Memorial Hospital and Sharp Grossmont Hospital reported receiving eight patients from the incident, with injuries mostly coming from passengers hitting rocks in the ocean, a spokesperson said in a statement. Three of the patients from Sharp Grossmont Hospital are expected to be discharged, while the remaining patients were in stable condition, the hospital said.

A spokesperson for UC San Diego Medical Center, Hillcrest said it also received eight patients, three of whom were trauma patients while the others were sent to the emergency department.

On Sunday night, the U.S. Coast Guard said in a statement that 29 have reportedly been accounted for: 24 of them who are alive, four who are dead "and one person who was last reported to be in critical condition."

ABC News' Chris Barry, Michelle Mendez and Sarah Hermina contributed to this report.

Comment by Recall 15 on March 24, 2021 at 2:17pm

Mar 24, 2021 / Accidents 

Suez Canal Blocked by Huge container ship;

The first attempt to refloat the vessel - unsuccessful

Heavy tugs have not been able to re-float the vessel despite efforts made until now, therefore SCA has recalled a dredger to the site to assist in re-floating the vessel.

The image below show the EVER GIVEN current position of the vessel (Mar 24, 2021 12:17 UTC)

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Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 28, 2020 at 4:07am

Five security force officers rescued after Coast Guard boat capsize...

Five security force officers rescued after Coast Guard boat capsizes

Thursday, November 26, 2020. 4:19 pm CST

А fіvе-mеmbеr tеаm іn а Веlіzе Соаѕt Guаrd vеѕѕеl wеrе rеѕсuеd tоdау аftеr thеіr bоаt сарѕіzеd thіѕ mоrnіng.

Аn оffісіаl ѕtаtеmеnt frоm thе Веlіzе Соаѕt Guаrd ѕауѕ thаt thе tеаm, whісh wаѕ соmрrіѕеd оf twо роlісе оffісеrѕ, twо mеmbеrѕ оf thе Соаѕt Guаrd, аnd а Ѕсеnеѕ оf Сrіmе tесhnісіаn, lеft thе Веlіzе Сіtу hаrbоr аrоund 11:00 а.m. hеаdеd tо Тurnеff Аtоll іn rеѕроnѕе tо а drоwnіng rероrt. Аrоund 11:30 а.m. thеу іѕѕuеd а dіѕtrеѕѕ саll ѕауіng thаt thе bоаt hаd bееn tаkіng оn wаtеr.

Тhе Соаѕt Guаrd lаunсhеd а ѕеаrсh аnd rеѕсuе ореrаtіоn whісh іnсludеd ѕuрроrt frоm thе Веlіzе Dеfеnѕе Fоrсе, Мауа Іѕlаnd Аіr, аnd Аѕtrum Неlісорtеrѕ.

Тhе grоuр wаѕ fоund аrоund 2:30 р.m. аnd wеrе tаkеn fоr mеdісаl еvаluаtіоnѕ.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 18, 2020 at 10:18pm

10 Feared Dead As Boat Capsizes Off Lake Victoria’s Honge Shore

Nov 18 2020

KISUMU, Kenya, Nov 18 – Ten people are feared dead after a boat capsized in Lake Victoria Tuesday night off the shores of Honge beach within Bondo, Siaya County.

The boat capsized at around 11pm while carrying over 20 people.

The boat was carrying traders mostly from the neighboring country of Uganda when strong winds destabilized it.

The boat was transporting maize and bananas to Usenge beach when it capsized.

Ten other people were rescued, Elias Odhiambo, the chairperson of the local Beach Management Unit (BMU) said.

“The fishermen who were nearby came to the rescue of the ten people,” he said.

Odhiambo said a multi-agency team led by Kenya Coast Guards was leading efforts to retrieve the bodies.

He local fishermen and Kenya Red Cross had also joined in the search for the missing people.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 6, 2020 at 5:48pm

Several boats sink during Texas parade supporting Trump on Lake Travis in Texas I ABC7

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 3, 2020 at 7:54am

Cargo ship carrying 43 crew and thousands of cows is missing off Japan after typhoon

Sept 3 2020

TOKYO —A cargo ship carrying 43 crew members and about 5,800 cows has gone missing after running into stormy seas off Japan caused by a typhoon, with one of the crew later rescued, Japan's coast guard and defense ministry said on Thursday.

The 11,947-ton Gulf Livestock 1 sent a distress call around 1:45 a.m. Wednesday, 115 miles west of the Japanese island of Amami-Oshima in the East China Sea, as Typhoon Maysak caused powerful winds, torrential rain and turbulent seas in the area.

A naval P-3C surveillance aircraft spotted a Filipino crew member wearing a life vest and waving while bobbing up and down in the water on Wednesday night, the Defense Ministry said. The crew member was picked up by a coast guard patrol boat. He is now able to walk and his condition is not life-threatening, the coast guard said.

But the rest of the crew, 38 Filipinos, two Australians and two New Zealanders, remain missing, with bad weather hampering rescue efforts.

Typhoon Maysak barreled through South Korea’s southern and eastern coasts on Thursday, flooding streams, cutting power to thousands of homes and leaving at least one person dead.

Maysak is just the sixth Category 2 or greater storm to hit South Korea since reliable records began in 1951, but it is the fourth typhoon to hit the Korean Peninsula during this year’s western Pacific typhoon season. It struck just a week after Typhoon Bavi affected the country on its way to a rare landfall in North Korea.

North Korea’s state television news aired real-time footage on Thursday of flooding in port city of Wonsan in the country’s east. State media has not reported any fatalities.

In South Korea’s port city of Busan, a woman died after getting hit by shattered glass, the country’s semiofficial Yonhap news agency reported Thursday.

Nuclear power reactors in path of the storm were automatically turned off early Thursday. Seoul’s Ministry of the Interior and Safety said the shutdown of four nuclear reactors near Busan was due to electricity supply issues and no radiation leak was detected.

Forecasters expect another powerful storm, Typhoon Haishen, to threaten southwestern Japan and the Korean Peninsula in coming days.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 21, 2020 at 1:35am

Crusing boat sinks off Haiti killing no less than 17

Crusing boats making the journey to Tortuga island are sometimes overloaded with passengers 

Not less than 17 folks, together with two kids, died off Haiti when the crusing boat they had been on sank between Tortuga island and the fishing port of Saint-Louis-du-Nord.

Officers say these on board lived on Tortuga and had been to the principle market in Saint-Louis-du-Nord.

9 folks have been rescued and the search continues for attainable survivors.

About 30 individuals are believed to have been on board when the boat sank.

“It sank due to excessive winds,” the top of the Haitian Maritime and Navigation Service (Semanah), Eric Prévost Junior, stated.

He additionally stated the boat, the Ancelita, was overloaded and had not been granted permission to sail.

Mr Prévost stated that as there was no police presence within the port, the captain of the Ancelita had set sail regardless.

The Haitian President Jovenel Moïse tweeted his condolences, saying he shared the sorrow of the bereaved.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 19, 2020 at 7:43pm

Two people die as boat capsizes in Moreton Bay off Brisbane

Published: 19/08/2020

Two people have died after a boat capsized in Moreton Bay, off Brisbane, despite a dramatic rescue attempt involving a boat carrying children.

Emergency services including a rescue helicopter were sent to the scene just after 1pm on Wednesday, with police divers entering the water.

Earlier, the Queensland Ambulance Service said one person was flown to Princess Alexandra Hospital in a critical condition.

Police have since confirmed that two people have died.

Authorities are unable to confirm how many people were onboard when the boat capsized near Green Island between Manly and North Stradbroke Island.

A boat, with children aboard as part of a school excursion, was first to respond to the overturned vessel as it passed by.

“It’s believed that a boat passing by had observed the boat overturned,” Acting Inspector David Candale said.

“They immediately stopped and rendered assistance to one of the males, and pulled that person from the water.

“Call for assistance was put out via radio.

“As you can imagine, certainly witnessing an event like this is distressing for any person, and I would imagine that would be a similar situation for those persons on the boat.”

It is believed the deceased persons were on the water fishing.

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