Breaking: 88 dead after boat sinks off coast of Italy

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PostThu Oct 03, 2013 12:28 pm » by *WillEase*


At least 88 people are dead after a migrant boat caught fire and sank off the Sicilian island of Lampedusa, according to the local mayor.

Lampedusa mayor Giusi Nicolini said she was told migrants lit a small fire on the boat when it was about half a mile from shore to attract the attention of coast guards.

The fire, which was lit after the boat had a technical failure, spread and caused those onboard to panic.

Ms Nicolini said the boat flipped over.

"The survivors are in a state of shock," she told news channel SkyTG24.

"They have been in the water since the early hours of the morning."

Local emergency worker Antonino Candela said the migrants said they were from Somalia.

"The first assistance was provided by people on pleasure boats who heard the screams," he said.

An estimated 500 people were on the boat when it capsized, according to AFP reports.

Mr Candela said the incident happened shortly after another boat arrived safely in Lampedusa with 463 people on board, believed to be from Syria.

On Monday, another 13 asylum seekers drowned after their boat ran aground off the coast of Sicily.


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PostThu Oct 03, 2013 12:36 pm » by *WillEase*


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At least 88 people, including a pregnant woman and two children, died when a boat capsized and caught fire off the island of Lampedusa, the Italian coast guard told CNN on Thursday.

Coast guards were able to save at least 163 people, and the rescue operation is ongoing.

The boat is thought to have been carrying up to 500 people aboard.

The tiny island off the coast of Sicily was in the news this summer when the pope went there to pray for refugees and migrants lost at sea.

During his visit there in July, Pope Francis criticized what he called "global indifference" to the island's refugee crisis.

In recent years, the Italian Coast Guard says it has been involved in the rescue of more than 30,000 refugees around the island.

Lampedusa is just 113 kilometers (70 miles) from Tunisia and has been the first point of entry to Europe for more than 200,000 refugees and irregular migrants who have passed through the island since 1999.

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PostThu Oct 03, 2013 5:11 pm » by *WillEase*



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A ship carrying African migrants to Europe caught fire and capsized off the Italian island of Lampedusa Thursday, killing at least 94 people as it spilled hundreds of passengers into the sea. Some 200 people are still unaccounted for.

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PostThu Oct 03, 2013 10:39 pm » by *WillEase*


Italy Boat Migrant Toll Raises to at Least 114


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Italy's coast guard says divers have seen at least another 20 bodies around a migrant boat on the sea floor after it capsized off the southern island of Lampedusa, raising the death toll in the shipwreck to at least 114 people.

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PostThu Oct 03, 2013 11:36 pm » by Blondie1w2000


I read these were illegal immigrants. Nice how the MSM refers to them as "migrants."

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PostFri Oct 04, 2013 12:01 am » by *WillEase*


Blondie1w2000 wrote:I read these were illegal immigrants. Nice how the MSM refers to them as "migrants."


It's also sad that nobody seems to care about this news. :hell:

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PostFri Oct 04, 2013 12:09 am » by Blondie1w2000


Well, illegally smuggling yourself into a country carries its risks, you know.....

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PostFri Oct 04, 2013 12:13 am » by Fatdogmendoza


*WillEase* wrote:
Blondie1w2000 wrote:I read these were illegal immigrants. Nice how the MSM refers to them as "migrants."


It's also sad that nobody seems to care about this news. :hell:


illegal immigrant
noun [C]


(US also illegal alien)
› someone who goes to live or work in another country when they do not have the legal right to do this..

The founding Fathers?...PMSL.... The British Empire?..Jeez

P.S Will, I fully agree
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PostFri Oct 04, 2013 12:14 am » by *WillEase*


Blondie1w2000 wrote:Well, illegally smuggling yourself into a country carries its risks, you know.....


That's not the point. This happened hours before the DC shooting, yet this news was viewed just over 100 times and the DC incident going on 600 views.
Scores dead (over 120) compared to 1 person shot by police in DC...and THAT is headline news. :bang;

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PostFri Oct 04, 2013 12:16 am » by Fatdogmendoza


Blondie1w2000 wrote:Well, illegally smuggling yourself into a country carries its risks, you know.....


Why would anybody want to take such a risk as to ''illegally smuggle'' themselves into an alien country...It beggars belief :bang;
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