Tour Boat & Capsize
July 5, 2011 by USA Post
Tour Boat & Capsize, Mexican rescuers scoured the Gulf of California for seven missing U.S. tourists, whose boat sank two days ago, saying they were expanding the search because the castaways might still be alive in the warm and quiet.
One American was confirmed dead in the accident, which occurred after a storm, capsized the boat flash before dawn on Sunday, spilling dozens of tourists and crew on the water. The identity of the deceased was not released.
On Monday morning, the Navy or other fishing boats picked up 19 tourists and 16 crewmembers after clinging to refrigerators, rescue and lifesaving rings for more than 16 hours.
Mexico navy, army and state officials met Monday to discuss the search and there were reports that it would suspend the rescue effort. But instead, said the search will continue over a large area.
Mexico Navy Capt. Benjamin Pineda Gomez said that with the warm weather and water temperature in the Gulf of California is still possible that the missing tourists are alive.
“A person who is rejected can survive many days. The sea is calm,” he said.
U.S. Coast Guard Mexico offered to help in search and rescue operation, and said it would continue its operations.
The 115 feet (35 meters) from the ship, the Erik, sank about 60 miles (100 kilometers) south of the port of San Felipe at 2:30 am PDT (5:30 am EDT, 0930 GMT) on Sunday, the second day of a fishing vacation trip of a week the group had been organized for several years, every Independence Day.
The ship sank in less than two miles (three kilometers) from shore, but the Navy has expanded its search for 60 miles (100 kilometers) into the abyss Monday afternoon after searching the area by helicopter and plane finding nothing, said Pineda.
Most of the 27 men on the fishing trip is from Northern California and had traveled before.
“I am beyond concerned,” said Kristina Bronstein, who is dedicated to the lack of tourism Dorland mark of Twain Harte, California.
He learned of the accident Monday morning the wife of an organizer of the trip, said Dorland, 62, and was one of the first to fall in the water. He was not wearing a life jacket.
The couple married the next month.
Charles Gibson, a police officer with the Contra Costa Community College District, said people on board were awakened by the other passengers and crew as they began to sink.
Most “were in water over 16 hours,” said Gibson, who had gone on the fishing trip twice. “We hope the information is coming to our families who are here and we survived.”
Another survivor, Lee Ikegami, called his wife in San Martin, Calif., said he survived by climbing into a lifeboat when the ship capsized.
“It was an angel sitting on his shoulder,” said his wife, Murphy Ikegami.
Ikegami Murphy, said the fishermen made the trip every year, but only make day trips to fish coughs and stayed in hotels along the coast at night. This year, he said, he decided he wanted to sleep on the boat.
The rescued were in good condition with a few scrapes after floating in the waters of the Gulf intense sun and it was around 77 degrees Fahrenheit (25 Celsius degrees), according to theanlysis of marine Mexican climate. Photos published by the Navy of Mexico revealed the existence of sunburned fishermen on t-shirts and shorts waiting to board a bus.
The Erik has been in the Gulf of California, known in Mexico as the Sea of?? Cortez since 1989, according to the website of the company Baja Sport Fishing Inc. was built in Holland and was equipped with stabilizers to handle the turbulent North Sea.
The California Secretary of State’s website says the sport fishing license Drop business has been suspended. It provides a reason or gives a date.
“We have been working with Navy officials in Mexico and the U.S. Coast Guard in search and rescue,” said Baja Sport Fishing Inc. in a statement emailed to The Associated Press. “Right now our main concern is to ensure that everybody says.”
The company did not respond to an interview request. It said in a statement posted on its website late on Monday that all trips have been canceled.
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