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 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.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 3, 2020 at 3:43am

Ferry capsizes off Koh Samui, 7 missing

2 AUG 2020 AT 09:40

SURAT THANI: Seven people were missing and nine others rescued after a ferry hit by a strong storm capsized after leaving Koh Samui island, heading for the Don Sak boat pier on the mainland on Saturday night, local media reported.

The Raja 4 ferry was loaded with garbage, three 10-wheel lorries and a pick-up truck. On board the ferry were 11 crewmen, four drivers of the three lorries and the pick-up and a saleswoman.

Raja Ferry Plc operates ferries running between Don Sak and Koh Samui, 

The ferry departed from Koh Samui at 8.48pm. At about 10pm, it was hit by a strong storm and high waves,  and capsized about 2 nautical miles from Koh Samui, between Koh 4 and Koh 5 islands.

Surat Thani governor and medical staff from Koh Samui Hospital rushed to the boat landing of the Raja Ferry Plc at tambon Lipa Noy on Koh Samui.

Koh Samui marine police dispatched two patrol boats, R6 and R10, for the rescue. They managed to pluck nine people - seven ferry crew including the skipper and the drivers of two 10-wheel lorries - from the high waves.

Seven other people - four ferry crewmen, the drivers of the other 10-wheel lorry and the pick-up, and the saleswoman - were still missing.

Mr Wichawut said the rescue operation was hampered by heavy rain and waves of  2-3 metres.

The rescue team continued the search for the missing into the night.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 31, 2020 at 8:44pm

Ferry capsizes in Tanzania, 10 feared dead

Strong winds forced boat carrying 97 passengers to sink, police say


At least 10 people are feared dead in a ferry accident in a lake in western Tanzania, police said Friday.

James Manyama, a local police officer, said strong winds forced the boat to capsize and sink in the Lake Tanganyika.

A total of 87 people have been rescued so far, he said.

Initial reports suggest 97 passengers were aboard the ferry.

The country's Met Office in mid-July warned of strong winds and high tides in the lake, which is among the deepest in the world.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 25, 2020 at 7:07pm

Minnesota man 'ejected' from boat in severe thunderstorm, swims over a mile to shore

A man in Minnesota swam more than a mile to safety after he was "ejected" from a boat Friday night as severe weather slammed the area, according to officials.

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Good Samaritans help Coast Guard, South Whatcom Fire make rescues after boats capsize

July 21 2020

Good Samaritans helped the U.S. Coast Guard Bellingham Station and the South Whatcom Fire Authority make a pair of rescues — one in the San Juan Islands and one on Lake Whatcom — after boats capsized in the past week.

The two rescues should serve as a reminder not only to the value of life jackets, but also that waters around Whatcom County remain dangerously cold despite the rising summer temperatures.

“Just a few minutes and you’ll be shivering uncontrollably,” South Whatcom Fire Authority Assistant Chief Mitch Nolze told The Bellingham Herald. “People need to be cognizant of water temperatures and how dangerous they can be.”

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on May 30, 2020 at 5:38am

Four Labourers Dead, 15 Missing as Boat Sinks in Bangladesh

May 27 2020

At least four labourers were dead and 15 remained missing after a boat capsized in the river of Jamuna in Bangladesh’s Sirajganj district, a senior police official said on Wednesday.
The district’s police chief Hasibul Alam told Xinhua over phone that the boat carrying some 70 people, mostly day labourers, sank at about 11:30 a.m. (local time) on Tuesday amid inclement weather.
“The bodies of three labourers were recovered Tuesday night,” he said.
Masud Parvez, officer-in-charge of Sirajganj’s police station of Enayetpur where the accident happened, said: “The body of another ill fated labourer of the boat was recovered this (Wednesday) morning.”
He said divers of the fire service and civil defence and local people resumed search and rescue operations from Wednesday morning.
“At least 15 people are still missing,” he said.
Officials said at least 50 people swam to shore as the boat capsized in a strong current and choppy river waters.
They said rescuers have been struggling against a strong current and choppy waters of Jamuna, one of the three main rivers in Bangladesh.

Parvez said the boat has not been salvaged and brought to shore yet.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on April 1, 2020 at 6:17am

4 missing after fishing boats capsize off south China coast
20:52 UTC+8, 2020-03-31

Nineteen people have been rescued and four are still missing after strong winds hit four fishing boats off the coast of south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, local sources said Tuesday.
Crew members on two fishing boats made distress calls after being caught by storms near a drilling platform in the Beibu Gulf in the early hours of Monday. A third boat made an emergency call soon after.
Four vessels in the surrounding seas were sent to the rescue, and all 19 crew members were saved before dawn, the Guangxi Maritime Safety Administration said.
The local maritime search and rescue center received another call at around 6am from families of four missing fishermen, who went to sea on Sunday but failed to return.
Vessels have been sent and the search for the missing people is still underway.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 28, 2020 at 3:26am

Cape Town boat capsizes: Latest developments as ‘nine people missing’
A huge rescue operation is underway as search teams fear for "at least nine missing people" on board a capsized boat near Cape Town.

2 27 2020

A concerning situation is taking place off the coast of Clifton in Cape Town. An inflatable boat capsized shortly after 8:00 on Thursday morning with multiple occupants on board. Search and rescue teams – including the NSRI – are battling to find the missing crew members.
Cape Town boat capsizes – latest news and updates
The vessel itself has been dragged to shore, and as of 12:30, one person has made it back to land – they are now helping with the operation. The South African Air Force, the South African Police Service and various emergency service providers are providing assistance at the scene.
Weather warnings had been in place for high winds across the coastal regions of the Western Cape for most of the week, and there may be tragic consequences to these forecasts. The boat itself was discovered 3.7km away from Mouille Point.
Everything we know about the capsized boat
Earlier we spoke with Craig Lambinon, a spokesperson for the NSRI: Amidst the chaos of the rescue protocol, he was able to clarify a few things with us:

The team suspect that there are “nine people missing” – but they cannot be 100% sure of this number.
No fatalities have been confirmed at this stage, but there’s a possibility this will change later in the day.
The expedition was a fishing trip, and rumours of “abalone poaching” have not been verified.
NSRI and their co-operative groups are working establish what exactly caused the boat to capsize.
The search area ranges 4km from the shore from Robben Island to Oudekraal.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 25, 2020 at 4:57pm

US Embassy staffer in Colombia is believed dead after falling into the sea when a boat carrying 11 others capsized in the Caribbean
The accident happened on Saturday in Peruquitos, Rosario Island, Colombia
11 of 12 passengers rescued quickly; two taken to hospital for minor injuries
It is thought strong swell caused large wave that caused boat to capsize

Updated: 07:52 EST, 23 January 2020

A US embassy staffer in Colombia is thought to have died after a boating trip to the popular Rosario Island ended in tragedy as it capsized tipping all 11 on board into the sea on Saturday.
Colombian authorities are continuing to search for one of the embassy staff members who remains missing in the Caribbean Sea - five days after the boating accident.
The Colombian Coast Guard said US embassy personnel, and other American citizens, were on a boat trip in the area known as Peruquitos, Rosario Island, Colombia.
The boat with 12 on board capsized unexpectedly and the passengers were flung into the Caribbean Sea.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 14, 2020 at 1:37am

Two migrant boats capsize en route to Europe, killing at least 23

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – In two separate incidents, 23 migrants trying to reach Europe have died after the boats they travelled in capsized in Greek and Turkish waters. 

A boat carrying more than 50 migrants, including people from the Kurdistan Region, sank in the Ionian Sea south-west of the Greek island of Paxos on Saturday, killing 12.
"A boat carrying migrants [on Saturday] drowned off Greece’s Paxos island," Ari Jalal, head of The Summit Foundation for Refugee and Displaced Affairs (Lutka) told Rudaw on Sunday. "The boat was carrying more than 50 people, including many from the Kurdistan Region."
The foundation learned Kurds were in the capsized boat when relatives concerned about the fate of family members heading to Italy from Greece contacted them, Jalal added. 

"We began to follow up on the incidents with the Greek coastal teams," he said. "It is not immediately known whether or not the Kurdish migrants have died."

Follow-ups by the foundation found that 15 Kurds were among those on board. Pishti News, an Athens-based Kurdish media outlet based in Europe with a focus on immigrant and refugee issues, reported "eight or nine" Kurds were among those rescued.

"Unfortunately, the fate of some of them is still unknown," Jalal added.
"After the boat sank, Greek coastal police immediately begun their search operations, managing to rescue 21 migrants and taking out the 12 bodies [of the deceased],” he added.
"A remaining 17 migrants are still missing," he added.
The cause of the capsize was also unclear, according to The New York Times citing Coast Guard spokesman Nikolaos Lagadianos.
Sunday's incident is a repeat of the all too frequent sinking of ill-equipped migrant boats between Turkey and Greece in recent years, drowning hundreds of mostly Syrians fleeing war in their home country.
In a separate incident that same night, 11 migrants including eight children were killed when their boat drowned off the coast of western Turkey, Anadolu Agency quoted the Turkish Coast Guard as saying.
Citing municipal officials in the Aegean coastal city of Izmir, Rudaw reporter Rawin Sterk said all the migrants were from Syria and that six people, including the owner of the boat, were arrested by Turkey’s coastguard.
According to Lutka, 371 migrants have managed to reach the Greek island of Lesbos since the beginning of 2020, on seven boats that travelled through Turkish waterways.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 2, 2020 at 2:40am

Coast Guard searching for 5 people after crab boat sinks in Alaska

KODIAK ISLAND, Alaska — Coast Guard crews are searching for five crew members Wednesday after a crab boat sank near Sutwik Island, Alaska.

The Scandies Rose, a 130-foot vessel registered in Dutch Harbor, sank about 10 p.m. Tuesday after issuing a mayday call. The boat is owned by someone in Seattle.

According to the boat’s Facebook page, some crew members appear to be from Seattle.

The Coast Guard says two people were rescued from a life raft via helicopter hoist, but five crew members remain missing. The boat’s last known location was 170 miles southwest of Air Station Kodiak, on Kodiak Island.

A Coast Guard cutter was diverted from the Bering Sea and is expected to arrive in the area Wednesday night.

Coast Guard officials said they are conducting an extensive search in a 300-square mile area.

Weather in the area is in excess of 40 mph winds, 15-to-20-foot seas and one-mile visibility.

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