Hundreds of Migrants Believed Dead in Shipwreck Off Libya

ROME—As many as 700 migrants are believed to have died in a shipwreck about 70 miles from the Libyan coast, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

According to statements from survivors given to the UNHCR, a fishing boat carrying more than 700 people capsized during the night from Saturday and Sunday.

The 20-meter-long fishing boat, which was heavily overcrowded, launched a distress call during the night, the Italian Coast Guard said. The Italians sent a Portuguese mercantile vessel, the King Jacob, to help the boat, but when the migrants saw the ship approach, they rushed to one side, forcing the boat to capsize. Rescue teams saved 28 people and have recovered 24 bodies so far.

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    Lobsters and crabs rejoice.

  • TotallyPeeved

    Wonderful news.

  • BillyHW

    These geniuses would have contributed so much vibrancy to our societies.

  • Barrington Minge

    Trying to be sympathetic……failing!!!

  • edlancey

    The average IQ of the bottom of the Med just dropped 20 points

  • mobuyus

    May they find comfort in the sweet embrace of Davey Jones’s Locker.

  • Kathy Nelson

    And why is this a bad thing?

    • WalterBannon

      I am holding a parade to celebrate…

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    I hope that all of those that drowned get better soon.

  • ed

    there is a fishing lure called a “raghead”

  • Terrible.

    Now, don’t let these people in. Do not let this tragedy force Italy’s hand. Once in, these people will lay waste to that country.

  • David Murrell

    The writers on this thread celebrate the deaths of some 700 people (crammed into a 60-foot long fishing boat no less). But think of the left. A CNN reporter this morning crows about the fact that illegal migrants coming to Europe is “understandable”. One wonders of official Europe feels the same way.

    One would think that after this disaster, official Europe might want to take the Australian approach of sending everybody back. Doing that — instead of dithering — would save lives, since a 100% forcible return policy would end this illegal farce.

  • Maggat

    Absolutely dreadful and disgusting comments, all. However I can’t help but to agree with them.

  • J. C.

    It’s unfortunate they died, but that’s the chance they took. Those people gambled and they lost. Europe couldn’t afford them anyway…

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Tragic, certainly, but nowhere even close to the Wilhelm Gustloff.

    • Doug Kursk

      Sadly, one of the most non commented on loss of lives in maritime history.

    • WalterBannon

      The only tragic part is that it was only 700…

  • Gaylord Ponce

    I was going to say “it’s a start” but that would be mean so I won’t say it.

    • WalterBannon

      Correct, 700 is not even a start. So don’t be mean and tease us…

  • ntt1

    reminds me of a houseboat party that ended badly back in the 70s , a drunk stepped out on the ice to take a pee, broke through and when everybody rushed to the side to see what the splashing was all about, the entire boat flipped .. no casualties but hundreds of dollars of good beer and finest whiskey were lost.