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 November 24, 2019 at 2:03am

2 dead, 9 missing after fishing boat sinks off Morocco

November 23, 2019 — 7:30am

RABAT, Morocco — Morocco says two people have died and nine others are missing after a fishing boat with at least 11 crew members aboard capsized off southwest Morocco.

The Moroccan Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries said the boat left the port of Tan Tan on Thursday afternoon in favorable weather without issuing any distress signals.

The bodies of two crew members were found Friday. Authorities were continuing search operations Saturday in the Atlantic Ocean, hoping to find the remaining fishermen.

An investigation is underway into the cause of the sinking.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 8, 2019 at 6:48pm

63 rescued after boat capsizes in waters off Cebu – PCG

7 November 2019

CEBU – The Philippine Coast Guard Central Visayas (PCG-7) rescued more than 60 passengers and crew of a ferry boat that capsized off the coast of Sibonga, Cebu on Thursday.

The PCG said MV Siargao Princess was plying a route five miles south of Sibonga when it radioed for help around 11 a.m.

The agency said it immediately sent BRP Suluan to conduct a search and rescue operations in the area and found groups of people floating with life jackets at 1.6 nautical miles of Carcar point, Cebu.

The PCG said a total of 59 people were plucked from the water, while three crew members and one passenger swam to the shore after the boat encountered big waves that allegedly caused the ship “to dip to the front and eventually capsize.”

Initial investigation conducted on the vessel’s master, Captain Antonio Conag, revealed that the boat’s front hatch cover got detached when it was buffeted by fierce winds and sea swells.

Conag said big waves caused the vessel to pitch and take in water until it sunk.

The PCG said rescued passengers were brought to the Cebu port.

No fatalities have been reported in the incident.

Investigation on the sea mishap is underway.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 30, 2019 at 9:57pm

35 rescued, search operations underway as boat capsizes in Bengal river

According to police, the mishap took place at Mahishadal in the morning.

30th September 2019 04:50 PM

KOLKATA: A mechanised boat ferrying 35 to 36 odd passengers capsized in Rupnarayan river in East Midnapore district on Monday. Thirty-five passengers were rescued and searches are on to find out whether any other passenger was swept away. 

According to the police, the mishap took place at Mahishadal in the morning. "The country-boat left the jetty and hit a sand-head in the tidal river. Suddenly a high tide impounded downstream flowing freshwater, reversing the flow and increasing the water level of the river. The boat was hit and it capsized,’’ said a police officer.

The police said the boat was ferrying passengers beyond its capacity. "No safety measure was available in the boat as well. Our teams are carrying out search operations to find out the passengers, including women, who fell into the river," said another police officer.

As the news of the boat capsize spread, policemen from adjoining Howrah district’s Shyampur police station, on the other side of the road, engaged their teams to take part in the search operations. "It seems the missing passengers were swept away by the high tide," said an officer of Shyampur police station.

"We are taking help from coast guard personnel. A hovercraft has been engaged to carry out search operation. Those who were rescued were said to be in stable condition by the authorities of the local healthcare units where they were taken," said V Soloman Nesakumar, superintendent of police, East Midnapore district.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 29, 2019 at 4:14pm

Tug Boat Sinks In Atlantic, 2 Ukrainians Rescued, 11 Crewmen Still Missing

September 28, 2019 23:12 GMT

Two Ukrainian crewmen have been rescued aboard a lifeboat after a tug boat they were on disappeared on September 26 in a storm 1,200 nautical miles off the island of Martinique in the Atlantic Ocean.

The vessel’s operator, the French-based shipping company Bourbon, said in a news release on September 28 that three of the vessel’s 14 crew members had been rescued.

Two of them were Ukrainians, tweeted Vasyl Kyrylych, director of the consular services department at the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry.

There was no word on the 11 still missing while Ukrainian media have reported that most of the crew members are Ukrainians.

Bourbon also confirmed that the tug boat had sunk. It was reported to have been taking on water in the rear end of the vessel.

A coordinated search and rescue operation is underway involving the French Navy, France’s network of Regional Operational Centers of Surveillance and Rescue (CROSS), the U.S. National Hurricane Center, and nearby commercial vessels who changed their routes to assist.

An emergency beacon indicated that the tug boat hit the outer edge of Hurricane Lorenzo 60 nautical miles from the storm’s eye when communication was lost, the vessel’s operator said.

A Falcon 50 aircraft flown by the French Navy spotted the three crewmen during a flyover.

They were subsequently taken to a commercial vessel where they received medical assistance and are currently under observation.

Bourbon, a service provider for the offshore oil and gas industry, is coordinating search efforts out of the French port city of Marseilles.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 25, 2019 at 7:24pm

Seven Children Among 10 Killed in Bangladesh Boat Capsize

The engine-run boat, carrying 30 passengers, capsized around 7 pm on Tuesday in Kaliakotha Haor of the district's Derai upazila due to strong winds.

Updated:September 25, 2019, 5:04 PM IST

Dhaka: At least 10 people, including seven children, were killed when their boat capsized in Bangladesh's Sunamganj district, police said on Wednesday.

The engine-run boat, carrying 30 passengers, capsized around 7 pm on Tuesday in Kaliakotha Haor of the district's Derai upazila due to strong winds, Derai police station Officer-in-Charge KM Nazrul Islam was quoted as saying by the Dhaka Tribune.

Seven children are among the dead after the boat bound for Perua village from Masimpur capsized, police said, adding that some of the passengers were rescued while others swam ashore when strong winds tipped the boat over.
Comment by jorge namour on September 8, 2019 at 5:58pm

Cargo Ship Overturns, Burns Off Georgia; Four Crew Members Missing


Last week, a dive boat with 39 people on board caught fire and sank near Santa Cruz Island, off the California coast.

The US Coast Guard reported on Sunday that four people are still missing, with a further 20 rescued after a large cargo ship overturned off the coast of Georgia. The Coast Guard said that there were 23 crew members and one pilot on board at the time of the incident.

According to the Coast Guard, the ship was carrying vehicles and was leaving the port of Brunswick, Georgia when it turned onto its side. Following the incident, traffic in the port was suspended.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 27, 2019 at 8:01am

Cross River: Cameroon bound vessel  capsize with over 100 persons on board

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 26, 2019 at 7:19am

2 men drown in Lake Michigan over weekend; 14 rescued after boat capsizes

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Dangerous conditions are expected to continue on Lake Michigan Monday, after the water's rough waves were responsible for at least two drownings this weekend.
A beach hazard alert remains in place through Monday due to rains and strong winds that will whip up waves up to 6 feet high.
Emergency crews raced to 63rd Street beach Sunday after reports of two men in Lake Michigan who were thrown from their jet skies. The incident occurred while a swim ban issued by the city's Park District was underway for 25 Chicago-area beaches.

Luckily, Natalia Lopez, 9, spotted the men struggling in the choppy water and called for help.
"I saw two men, two men struggling to get out of the water. The waves were high," Lopez said.
But earlier this weekend, a man in Waukegan was thrown from a jet ski and pulled out of Lake Michigan in critical condition. He was later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
No one else was hurt. The victim's name has not been released.
On Sunday morning, two men, ages 26 and 35, were pulled out of Lake Michigan by the Chicago Police Department's Marine Unit shortly after they jumped into the water in Lincoln Park on the North Side. The 26-year-old was rescued in critical condition and later died at a hospital.
The 35-year-old refused treatment.
"We've been on a record pace this whole summer," said water safety expert Dave Benjamin, who tracks drownings in the Great Lakes. "When we're comparing Lake Michigan on this date in 2018, we had 27. Today, we have 35."
High water levels this summer have made an already dangerous Lake Michigan even more so. Last Thursday, 35-year-old Rene Padilla drowned while trying to save his daughter who was knocked into the water by a large wave after venturing out onto a breakwall at 31st Street Beach.

"I told him yes, take a vacation because the girls are going back to school and he wanted to spend one day with them," said Bob Spagnolo, Padilla's boss. "It's not right."

Chicago Fire Department officials said unfortunately 40-60% of all drowning victims are "would be" rescuers. Drowning is one of the leading causes of accidental death in the United States.

A boat also capsized in Lake Michigan Sunday, the Waukegan Fire Department said.

Fire officials and Coast Guard crews rescued 14 people, including children, who are all in good condition.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 6, 2019 at 6:04am

Three ferry boats capsize in Philippines, killing 31

Updated: Aug 05, 2019, 11:04 IST | Agencies

Coast guard spokesman Armand Balilo said the dead were mostly passengers of two ferries that flipped over in sudden wind gusts and powerful waves Saturday off Guimaras and Iloilo provinces

The dead were mostly passengers of two ferries that flipped over in sudden wind gusts and powerful waves.

Manila: Rescuers recovered more bodies in rough seas where three ferry boats capsized after being buffeted by fierce winds and waves off two central Philippine provinces, bringing the death toll to 31 with three missing, the coast guard said Sunday.

Coast guard spokesman Armand Balilo said the dead were mostly passengers of two ferries that flipped over in sudden wind gusts and powerful waves Saturday off Guimaras and Iloilo provinces. Sixty-two other passengers and crew were rescued. A third ferry, which was not carrying any passengers, also capsized in the Iloilo Strait but its five crewmen survived, Balilo said. Survivors recounted how the sky suddenly turned dark midway through their trip, followed by strong wind and rain that battered their ferries. Authorities wondered why a third ferry was allowed to sail about three hours after two other ferries overturned almost at the same time at noon in bad weather.

About 20 typhoons and storms batter the Philippines each year, making the archipelago that lies on the Pacific typhoon and earthquake belt one of the world's most disaster-prone countries.

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Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 22, 2019 at 7:50am

Multiple people rescued from Lake Michigan after boat capsized

No one was injured in the incident.

NEW BUFFALO, Mich. - Four to six people had to be rescued from Lake Michigan after their boat capsized due to large waves.

The Berrien County Marine Unit, New Buffalo City Marine Patrol and U.S. Coast Guard responded to the incident around 5:30 p.m. Saturday. According to the owner of the boat, the 17-foot vessel took a large wave head-on and caused the vessel to capsize.

The New Buffalo Marine Patrol Unit arrived on scene first and rescued people out of the water and onto their boat, as well as private vessels that assisted with the rescue.

No one was injured in the incident, but the 17-foot boat was beached on shore for the night and removed Sunday morning when the waters calmed.

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