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GMoney28
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Breaking: Scores dead after boat sinks off Italian island of Lampedusa

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At least 94 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.

The coast guard has been able to save at least 151 people, and the rescue operation is ongoing.

The boat is thought to have been carrying up to 500 people. Those aboard include Eritreans, Somalis and Ghanaians, the coast guard said, and the boat is thought to have launched from Libya's coast.

Lampedusa, the closest Italian island to Africa, has become a destination for tens of thousands of refugees seeking to enter European Union countries.


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oleyeller
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re: Breaking: Scores dead after boat sinks off Italian island of Lampedusa
so were these people illegally trying to enter another country? im a little lost


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When in Rome
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re: Breaking: Scores dead after boat sinks off Italian island of Lampedusa


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SenorTiger9
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re: Breaking: Scores dead after boat sinks off Italian island of Lampedusa
Wut?


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Catman88
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re: Breaking: Scores dead after boat sinks off Italian island of Lampedusa
So 500 people on a boat and the article never says how big the boat was? Im guessing pretty small.


Swoopin
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re: Breaking: Scores dead after boat sinks off Italian island of Lampedusa
They were likely refugees, which is technically not "illegal". Nearby Malta is also a huge destination for people trying to leave Africa and the Middle East to get into Europe.


Brageous
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re: Breaking: Scores dead after boat sinks off Italian island of Lampedusa
That makes a lot of sense. Way over capacity. Still sad but this seems like a logical assumption.


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oleyeller
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re: Breaking: Scores dead after boat sinks off Italian island of Lampedusa
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They were likely refugees, which is technically not "illegal". Nearby Malta is also a huge destination for people trying to leave Africa and the Middle East to get into Europe.


i wasnt being a dick or nothing i just didnt know, terrible situation.


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GMoney28
LSU Fan
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Member since Jan 2011
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re: Breaking: Scores dead after boat sinks off Italian island of Lampedusa
Apparently they need better ship captains in Italy. First the Concordia now this.


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