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 Yvonne Lawson on October 24, 2023 at 2:43pm

British cargo ship SINKS in the North Sea leaving one dead and four missing after colliding with another bulk carrier - as P&O cruise ship Iona joins rescue mission

British-flagged vessel Verity (file image) collided with another cargo ship Polesie at around 5am this morning about 14 miles southwest of the island of Helgoland, Germany 's Central Command for Maritime Emergencies said

A British cargo ship sunk after colliding with another bulk carrier in the North Sea this morning, leaving one dead and four missing - with a P&O cruise ship diverting to join the desperate search for the remaining crew members.

British-flagged vessel Verity collided with another cargo ship Polesie at around 3am this morning about 14 miles southwest of the German island of Helgoland, Germany's Central Command for Maritime Emergencies said. 

The 300ft vessel, which was carrying steel from Bremen in Germany to the British port of Immingham, sank following the impact and rescuers have launched a desperate mission to find the missing crew members. 

The P&O cruise ship Iona, which left Southampton three days ago for Hamburg, Rotterdam and Bruges in Belgium, has now joined in the search for survivors. 

But it has since emerged that the body of a man has been recovered while four crew members are still missing, the German Sea Rescue Society said, adding that two more people had been pulled from the water alive.

Rescuers are still desperately searching for the four remaining crew members - but that search in the 15C North Sea is being hampered by 30mph winds, 10ft waves and poor visibility due to fog. 

Passengers on board the Iona have told MailOnline how they were awoken at 5.30am to an emergency announcement from the captain about the accident, with one saying everyone 'was in a state of panic'.  

An image from Marine Traffic shows the two cargo ships getting perilously close to each other before colliding

Another passenger, who wishes to be identified only as Mr Johnson, said he saw the P&O cruise ship searching the water with spotlights this morning. 

He said: 'We are on holiday but this is a very tragic situation. We cannot comprehend how the people involved in the collision must be feeling along with the family of the people who remain missing or have lost their lives.' 

The emergency command said any victims rescued from the water can receive medical care on board the cruise ship Iona. 

The German Sea Rescue Society later said one body had been recovered and two people had been rescued. Another four crew members remain missing. 

The other ship, the Bahamas-flagged Polesie that had left Hamburg for La Coruna in Spain, remained afloat with 22 people on board after the collision. The Verity was the smaller vessel with a length of almost 300 feet, compared to the Polesie's 625 feet. 

The P&O cruise ship Iona, which can hold 5,200 holidaymakers and 1,800 crew, has joined several vessels in the search for Verity, including sea rescue cruisers 'Hermann Marwede' and 'Bernhard Gruben'.

The owner of Verity, Faversham Ships Ltd, is based on the Isle of Wight and said it had no comment on the situation. 


Comment by Tracie Crespo on June 13, 2023 at 3:06pm

In Nigeria, boat capsize on river Niger leaves 100 people dead

In Nigeria, boat capsize on river Niger leaves 100 people dead
In Nigeria, boat capsize on river Niger leaves 100 people dead© Provided by Al Jazeera

More than 100 people have died in an accident on the river Niger after the boat capsized early on Monday morning.

Eyewitnesses told Al Jazeera the boat was carrying wedding guests who were returning to Kwara State from a ceremony in nearby Niger State, both in central Nigeria.

Al Jazeera correspondent Ahmed Idris reporting from Abuja said the boat hit something in the water and then capsized.

According to Idris, search and rescue operations have been ongoing since Monday.

Police are yet to confirm how many people have died or how many were on board the boat, which was reportedly overloaded.

There have been similar mishaps in the past in the area which is close to the confluence between the rivers Niger and Benue.

This is a developing story. More details to follow.

Comment by Yvonne Lawson on January 9, 2023 at 8:40am

Ship runs aground while joining southbound convoy in Suez Canal

A shipping container passes through the Suez Canal in Suez, Egypt February 15, 2022. (File photo: Reuters)

A shipping container passes through the Suez Canal in Suez, Egypt February 15, 2022. (File photo: Reuters)

A cargo vessel ran aground in Egypt’s Suez Canal on Monday, a canal services firm said. It wasn’t immediately clear whether canal traffic was affected.

Leth Agencies said the vessel, MV Glory, ran aground near the city of Qantara, in the Suez Canal province of Ismailia. The firm said canal tugs were trying to refloat the vessel.

Officials had no details on what caused the vessel to run aground. Parts of Egypt, including its northern provinces, experienced a wave of bad weather Sunday.

Satellite tracking data analyzed by The Associated Press showed the Glory in a single-lane stretch of the Suez Canal just south of Port Said on the Mediterranean Sea.

A spokesperson for the Canal Authority declined to comment, saying a statement would be released.


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

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