Windoc Incident – Story Behind YouTube’s Most Chilling Video

In August 2001 the Bulk Carrier Windoc was lined up on the Welland Canal's Bridge 11 in Ontario Canada. After receiving the flashing amber approach light indicating that the bridge operator was aware of the vessel, the captain lined up on the centerline and maintained a speed of 5 knots. Minutes later while the vessel was half way through the bridge started descending. The … [Read more...]

Real Life Castaway Says He Survived 13 Months Lost At Sea

Efforts are underway to confirm the identity (and story) of a mystery castaway who washed up last week on a Marshall Islands atoll after allegedly surviving more than 13 months adrift in the Pacific Ocean on a 24-foot fiberglass boat. The man, who has identified himself as 37 year old Jose Salvador Alvarenga from El Salvador, says that him and teenage boy set off from the … [Read more...]

Miracle at Sea: Sailor Survives After Spending 2 Days Inside Sunken Ship

As reported earlier this week, tragedy struck offshore Escravos, Nigeria on Sunday 26 May when the anchor handling tug Jacson 4 sank in heavy weather.  Divers recovered 10 bodies from the sunken ship and 1 is still missing. Miraculously however, the ship's cook, Mr. Okene Harrison, was found alive after spending roughly two days inside the sunken vessel at a depth of 30 … [Read more...]

The Truth About Cold Water

Note: With the spring boating season upon us, the U.S. Coast Guard warned today that although the air temperatures are warmer, the water is still cold and presents a significant danger to those looking to cool off. This article was first published to gCaptain.com in 2010, and we are reposting today (April 12, 2013) to help you stay safe while out on the water this season. A … [Read more...]