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 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.

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

One dead, five saved after fishing boat capsizes off south coast
Posted : 2019-07-09 10:34

One fisherman died after a fishing boat with six people aboard capsized off the south coast of South Korea on Tuesday, maritime police said.

The 8.55-ton Minseong-ho capsized in waters 22 kilometers southeast of Maemul Island in Tongyeong, South Gyeongsang Province, around 3:42 a.m. The 24-year-old Sri Lankan fisherman was found dead inside the boat, while the remaining five fishermen were rescued.
After hearing a radio call from the Tongyeong Fishery Communications Bureau that the boat had overturned, the Coast Guard sent 26 patrol boats, four airplanes, a Navy vessel and three other fishing boats to the scene to save the crew members.
At the time of the accident, the boat was sailing in high waves of 2-2.5 meters. The Coast Guard said the boat overturned while using a sonar fish detector, adding it is looking into what caused the boat to capsize.

and another:

Four Indian Fishing Boats capsize in Bangladesh waters; 25 fishermen from Bengal missing

Of these 61 fishermen, 36 were rescued by the IFB in the vicinity

At least 25 Indian fishermen are missing as four fishing trawlers capsized in Bangladesh waters, the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) said on Monday.

On Sunday, four Indian fishing boats from West Bengal - Dashabhuja, Babaji, Joyjogiraj and Nayan from Bengal with 61 crew members and fishermen on board capsized in Bangladesh waters.

Of these 61 fishermen, 36 were rescued by the IFB in the vicinity. However, as many as 25 crew members still remain missing.

The Indian Coast Guard received a telephonic message from Assistant Director (Fisheries Department), Diamond Harbour regarding the four fishing boats capsizing. Immediately, the Indian Coast Guard deployed a Hovercraft, fast patrol vessel and ICG aircrafts in the Indian waters.

On the other hand, the Indian Coast Guard requested Bangladesh Coast Guard to assist in rescue operations in Bangladesh waters.

A day ago, in a joint operation by Indian Coast Guard and Bangladesh Coast Guard an Indian Fishing Boat (IFB) with 13 crew members onboard were rescued despite the rough sea conditions.

and another:

Cruise passengers get a white-knuckle ride as massive breakers batter and threaten to capsize their sailing boat off Hawaii

  • A boat carrying passengers after a sunset cruise almost capsized in in Honolulu 
  • The strength of the wave redirects the boat's orientation and almost capsizes it
  • The captain, with the help of the passengers at the wheel, keep the boat upright

Passengers of a boat had the shock of their lives as their boat battled through rough conditions, almost capsizing. 

The footage, taken in Honolulu, Hawaii, shows the charter chip being carried by a big wave while making its way back to dock after a sunset cruise. 

A witness who saw the scene unfold said: '[The captain] was coming into the channel to dock the boat, right when the biggest set of the day came.'

The strength of the wave knocks it off its course to land and almost capsizing it.

'Bro that boat's gonna go. Oh my god look at that,' the onlooker says before adding: 'They're in trouble bro.' 

Luckily the captain and the passengers, who surround him at the wheel, are able to keep the boat upright together. 

At that moment the camera pans to a nearby group of surfers making the most of the waves. 

The other boat passengers can be seen holding on to the mast and boom, trying their best to stay on the vessel. 

The captain and passengers at the wheel manage to keep the afloat as the wave crashes ahead of them.

Just as another wave is about to break, the boat is reoriented back toward the shore. 

The wave does not appear as big as the one before it, but the captain uses its momentum to get the boat back to the dock quicker.

The onlooker, now relieved, can be heard says: 'Oh my god boat, they're gonna be ok. Yeah captain, good job, killed it.' 

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on June 27, 2019 at 12:34am

Cargo vessel capsizes off San Fernando, Cebu

Sunstar 25 June 2019

CEBU (Updated) -- A cargo vessel capsized off San Fernando, Cebu Tuesday afternoon, June 25, 2019.

The cargo vessel, M/V Eva Mary Grace, was carrying at least 12 crew members when it sank off the SEDC Port in Barangay South Poblacion, San Fernando around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, said the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG)-Central Visayas.

The PCG said the crew members were loading cement bags into the ship when a swell hit the vessel, causing it to list and then capsize.

One of the crew members, identified as Manuel Incarnacion, a crane operator, was injured as he was left inside the vessel when it sank.

Incarnacion was later rescued and rushed to a hospital for treatment.

The 11 other crew members are safe, said the PCG.

The PCG-Central Visayas had sent its Quick Response Team to the area.

The Quick Response team is composed of Coast Guard Special Operations Unit, medical team and marine environmental Protection unit.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on May 30, 2019 at 2:03am

7 dead, 20 missing after sightseeing boat sinks in Hungary

Updated 4:31 pm PDT, Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Rescuers and police officers inspect the River Danube from a landing dock after a tourist boat crashed with another ship late Wednesday, May 29, 2019. The boat capsized and sunk in the Danube River Wednesday

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Seven people were confirmed dead and at least 20 were missing early Thursday after a sightseeing boat carrying at least 32 South Korean passengers and two crew members collided with another vessel and sank in the Danube River in downtown Budapest.

Rescue officials said seven bodies had been recovered. Pal Gyorfi, spokesman for the National Ambulance Service, said seven people were rescued and hospitalized in stable condition following the accident Wednesday night.

There was some confusion about the total number of people involved. National police spokesman Kristof Gal said 33 South Koreans were on the boat, while the boat's operator and others said it carried 32 passengers. The two crew members were identified as Hungarian.

Employees from the South Korean Embassy in Budapest were assisting Hungarian officials in identifying those rescued and the deceased.

Officials said searchers were checking the Danube for miles downriver from Budapest. The river was fast-flowing and rising as heavy rain continued in the city.

Earlier, the news website said one of the people rescued was found near the Petofi Bridge, which is about two miles south of Parliament.

Dozens of rescue personnel, including from the military and divers, were involved in the search.

The boat that sank was identified as the "Hableany" (Mermaid), which is described on the sightseeing company's website as "one of the smallest members of the fleet." It has two decks and a capacity for 60 people, or 45 for sightseeing cruises.

Mihaly Toth, a spokesman for the Panorama Deck boating company, said the "Hableany" was on a "routine city sightseeing trip" when the accident happened. He told state television that he had no information about any technical problems with the boat, which he said was serviced regularly.

another link:

Seven dead in Hungary boat capsize as death toll rises

BUDAPEST: At least seven people died when a tourist boat with South Korean tourists on board capsized on the Danube river in Budapest late on Wednesday and several people have been taken to hospital, police and ambulance told state television.

TV said that 14 people had been lifted from the river so far, seven of them dead. Correcting earlier reports, it said there were 33 tourists on board and two crew.

The Danube is flooding, with strong currents, and there is heavy rain in Budapest which makes rescue efforts difficult. --Reuters

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on March 24, 2019 at 3:52pm

Tugs tow Norway cruise ship after 463 rescued; 17 injured

STAVANGER, Norway (AP) — More than 450 passengers were airlifted off a cruise ship that got stranded off Norway's western coast in bad weather before the rescue operation was suspended Sunday so the vessel could be towed to a nearby port, Norwegian authorities said.

Five helicopters flying in the pitch dark took the evacuated passengers from the tossing ship in a painstaking process that continued throughout the night. The rescues took place under difficult conditions that included wind gusts up to 38 knots (43 mph) and waves over 8 meters (26 feet).

Some 17 people were hospitalized with injuries, police said.

Passenger Alexus Sheppard told The Associated Press in a message sent from the Viking Sky that people with injuries or disabilities were winched off the cruise ship first. The atmosphere onboard grew calmer after the rescue operation's first dramatic hours, Sheppard said.

"It was frightening at first. And when the general alarm sounded it became VERY real," she wrote.

Photos posted on social media showed the ship listing from side to side, and furniture smashing violently into walls.

"We saw two people taken off by stretcher," another passenger, Dereck Brown, told Norwegian newspaper Romsdal Budstikke. "People were alarmed. Many were frightened but they were calm."

The Viking Sky carried 1,373 passengers and crew members when it had engine trouble in an unpredictable area of the Norwegian coast known for rough, frigid waters.

The crew issued a mayday call Saturday afternoon.

Police said the crew, fearing the ship would run aground, managed to anchor in Hustadvika Bay so the evacuations could take place.

Coast guard official Emil Heggelund estimated to newspaper VG that the ship was 100 meters (328 feet) from striking rocks under the water and 900 meters (2,953 feet) from shore when it stopped.

The ship was visiting the Norwegian towns and cities of Narvik, Alta, Tromso, Bodo and Stavanger before its scheduled arrival Tuesday in the British port of Tilbury on the River Thames. The passengers mostly were a mix of American, British, Canadian, New Zealand and Australian citizens.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on March 19, 2019 at 3:39pm

Captain missing after towing vessel sinks in Plaquemines Parish

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on March 19, 2019 at 5:12am

Boat capsizes off Mumbai coast, one missing, six saved

The owner of the tugboat, Ravi Kiran Iyer, 47, identified the missing person as Abdul Azeez. He is a resident of West Bengal and has been working on the vessel for the past eight months.

India Updated: Mar 19, 2019 04:41 IST

A 53-year-old man is missing, while six others were rescued after a tugboat carrying them capsized around 12 nautical miles off the Mumbai coast, on Monday. The tugboat, called Revti, and its crew, were hired on a contract basis to work on a sewage pipeline installation in Tarapur, Palghar.

The owner of the tugboat, Ravi Kiran Iyer, 47, identified the missing person as Abdul Azeez. He is a resident of West Bengal and has been working on the vessel for the past eight months. At the time of going to press, a search for Azeez was still on. It is still unclear what caused the accident.

The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) said they received an emergency call at 10:50am. “We reached the tugboat around 11am. We were able to rescue six of the crew members from the sinking vessel, but one person is missing,” said Vineesh Krishnan, the spokesperson and deputy commandant, ICG. The vessel was recently repaired, according to Iyer. “I spent Rs 70 lakh to repair the tugboat a few months ago. It seems something major happened and it capsized,” he said.

An ICG ship ‘Amartya’, a fast patrol vessel on a surveillance mission, was the first to respond to the emergency call. It was diverted to undertake the search and rescue operation.

“One more ICG ship conducted a surface search for the missing crew member, while a Chetak helicopter did a sea-air coordinated search,” Krishnan said.

The condition of the rescued members is stable. They will be investigated by the Yellow Gate police station, the ICG official said.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on March 9, 2019 at 3:28am

'Blood Everywhere': Cruise Ship Tilted By Freak 115-MPH Wind Gust, Passengers Injured

"I kept thinking it can’t possibly keep tipping, and it kept tipping," a passenger said.

March 6, 2019

A 4,200-passenger cruise ship was unexpectedly rocked by an "extreme" 115-mph wind gust off the mid-Atlantic coast late Sunday night, Norwegian Cruise Lines has confirmed, sending the massive vessel into a dangerous list and injuring multiple passengers.

The Breakaway-plus class Norwegian Escape set sail from New York City on Sunday afternoon on a seven-day round-trip voyage to the Bahamas with a stop in Florida along the way. Just hours into its trip, the usual cacophony of chirping slot machines and clattering buffet trays was pierced by screams when a freak wind gust slammed into the ship's starboard side and tilted it at least 20 degrees.

Videos recorded by terrified passengers show people hanging onto whatever solid item they can as tables and chairs slide down the sloping floor. The air is filled with the sounds of glass and furniture breaking, soon joined by the cries of the injured as the ship slowly rights itself after a few minutes of sheer panic.

The exact number of injuries hasn't been confirmed; Florida Today reports a "string" of ambulances met the Norwegian Escape when it arrived in Port Canaveral on Tuesday and transported at least eight people to a local hospital. Social media posts from passengers describe everything from cuts and bruises to broken bones and panic attacks.

"I kept thinking it can’t possibly keep tipping, and it kept tipping. Everything in our room falling and sliding...I have never been so scared in my whole life," passenger Samantha Foster told Crew Center. "Even the cruise director when we came on right after the tilting started, his voice was shaking and he could barely speak. All the plates and glassware smashed on the floor. A lotto machine fell on a lady. Blood everywhere."

"My goodness, we heard glass crash and all the noise. Then from there, the boat started listing even more—and that's when the panic hit," another passenger told Florida Today. "We were looking for the life preservers. And I was looking to jump out the window and jump on the nearest thing around."

In a statement on Twitter, Norwegian Cruise Lines acknowledged the incident and an unspecified number of injuries, but it said the ship itself was undamaged and will continue on its voyage as scheduled. The freak wind gust, rare but not unheard of, was reportedly spawned by the same powerful storm system that generated deadly tornados in Alabama earlier that day.

These super-sized vessels are slightly top-heavy, but not enough to actually capsize in a situation like this. In addition to having advanced, computer-controlled ballast systems, the center of gravity is simply too low thanks to all the heavy mechanical systems lying at and below the waterline. There has never been a case of wind alone taking out a ship of this size, which admittedly offers little comfort when your stateroom is tilted at a 40-degree angle.

The Norwegian Escape isn't the only cruise ship out to run into dangerously bad weather off the Atlantic coast in recent years—a rollicking winter storm trashed the interior of a Royal Caribbean boat in 2016 in roughly the same area. Though no passengers were injured in that instance, the damage was bad enough that the Anthem of the Seas had to return to port. Hey, sure beats norovirus.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on March 2, 2019 at 7:16am

One dead, five missing after boat capsizes near Pulau Nunuyan

SANDAKAN, March 1 — The body of a seven-year-old boy, believed to be one of the victims of the boat capsize incident near Pulau Nunuyan yesterday, was found today.

Sandakan Zone Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) deputy operation director, Maritime Commander Mohd Khairulanuar Abd Majid said the body was found at 4pm, just 100 metres from the spot the boat was believed to have capsized.

“The body was taken to the Duchess of Kent Hospital for post mortem,” he said.

Earlier, five victims were rescued by the Royal Malaysian Navy, while five others, including a woman and two children, were still missing.

The search and rescue operation for the missing victims would resume tomorrow. — Bernama

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