Around 30 Migrants Found Dead on Boat near Sicily

Isla Binnie, Reuters, June 30, 2014

As many as 30 corpses were found on a boat packed with migrants off the coast of Sicily, Italy’s navy said on Monday after rescuing thousands of people trying to cross from North Africa over the weekend.

The dead are thought to have either suffocated on the overcrowded fishing vessel or drowned, the navy said.

The discovery on Sunday underlined the scale of the crisis in the southern Mediterranean, where hundreds have died in the past year making the journey to Europe, and tens of thousands more have been plucked from rickety boats.

More than 5,000 people were rescued this weekend, adding to the 50,000 migrants who have reached Italy from North Africa so far this year, many fleeing war and forced conscription as well as poverty and a lack of opportunity.

Italy has called on its European Union partners to do more to help manage the near daily arrivals, a phenomenon that has boosted voter support for the anti-immigration Northern League party in a country struggling to emerge from recession.


An Italian ship from the navy’s migrant rescue mission Mare Nostrum, or “Our Sea”, was due to arrive at the Sicilian port of Pozzallo on Tuesday towing the fishing boat and carrying 566 survivors.

The navy said thousands of others rescued this weekend would arrive in other ports on Monday and Tuesday.


European Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said the commission was making available to Italy 4 million euros ($5.5 million) of emergency funding and was looking at ways to contribute more.


Northern League leader Matteo Salvini, whose party says Mare Nostrum is a burden on taxpayers and encourages immigration, attacked Renzi and Interior Minister Angelino .

“Thirty more deaths on the consciences of those who defend ‘Their Sea’. Stop the departures, help them at home, now! Renzi and Alfano have blood on their shirts, don’t they?” he said on Facebook.

Mare Nostrum is Europe’s biggest search and rescue mission and costs around 9 million euros a month. ($1 = 0.7331 Euros)

Topics: ,

Share This

We welcome comments that add information or perspective, and we encourage polite debate. If you log in with a social media account, your comment should appear immediately. If you prefer to remain anonymous, you may comment as a guest, using a name and an e-mail address of convenience. Your comment will be moderated.
  • italian guy

    Suuure “suffocated”, i bet ebola/tuberculosis/monkeypox or smallpox have nothing to do with it, we are all naive and listen to what the MSM says after all.

    • SoulInvictus

      On the upside, imagine the upswell of “close our borders” thinking when the current MERS and Ebola outbreaks inevitably hit Europe.
      Maybe if we’re lucky Mexicans will do likewise, better be something serious though because even for documented outbreaks of TB and such the CDC has declined to intervene.
      We have lost all semblance of common sense and practicality when dealing with third worlders…

      • Ella

        Honestly, the governments are broke and do not want to fund anything unless a real crisis breaks out. They also don’t care if whites die in the process.

    • propagandaoftruth

      Nature helping out ol’ Italia.

      • OHDeutscheKlezmerRebel

        Indeed. Thank you, mother nature, for taking a step to preserve Italy from these Negroes, probably HIV positive but not diagnosed, who could have molested Sicilian children. At least Italy has Lega Nord, and public figures who have the sense not to just let these Negro hordes in. England would roll out a welcome mat for these invaders. If they would try to settle in Sicily, hopefully, good old LaCosa Nostra will solve this little problem.

  • Pro_Whitey

    30 less to repatriate or feed.

    • scottthestrategerist

      I have a Chinese friend, a student whom I have educated on these issues. She told me that the Chinese solution would be to harvest their organs for the benefit of Chinese patients. Sounds good to me! Pelosi said it’s an opportunity and it is! It’s an opportunity for free organs for the neediest Americans!

  • 4321realist

    If the economic fiasco doesn’t erupt pretty soon, both Europe and the US are going to be inundated in a “Camp of the Saints” scenario.

    Pretty dismal situation, eh? The only way we can retain control of our own countries is to have them fail miserably economically so civil war will explode to cause the rabble to be driven out.

    I am utterly against US involvement in any other country’s affairs militarily, but I would gladly embrace military action for a worthwhile cause, like preserving a person’s own race and way of life. To my way of thinking at this point in my life that’s one of the very few scenarios that can justify war.

    • scottthestrategerist

      Why cross an ocean to kill Muslims who are minding their own business when we can kill the ones who are already here? 🙂

      • Zaporizhian Sich

        I would start by eliminating or expelling the ones already here, and reserving the capability of wiping more or them out over there. Time to teach them a lesson. death does wear bunny slippers and can be delivered in 30 minutes or the next re-entry vehicle’s free.

        • scottthestrategerist

          Sounds good to me, but why waste perfectly good organs? Organ harvesting is the perfect compromise! This way we can all agree on a policy of welcoming immigrants, but they won’t go on our welfare rolls, but instead will help the sickest Americans! The immigrant himself even gets to stay in America, and without having to fill out difficult paperwork. Granted, he’s not in one piece, but everyone has to compromise a little bit.

  • JohnEngelman

    No country has an obligation to take immigrants it does not want, simply because their circumstances are desperate.

  • Sick of it

    I hope Lega Nord succeeds in their secessionist movement. It might finally wake a few people up over here.

    • IstvanIN

      And then what? North Italy would join the EU and the whole mess would start over.

      • Sick of it

        Another strange comment. Lega Nord is one of the Anti-EU groups.

        • IstvanIN

          Not as anti as you might think, they did support the Treaty of Lisbon and are pro-immigration, though not Muslim immigration. They are not exactly an “Italian-only, we’ll go it a lone” group.

          • Sick of it

            They should be, even if the people of Northern Italy have to force them to be so.

      • scottthestrategerist

        DON’T COUNT ON IT.

    • SoulInvictus

      Lega Nord, had to look that one up.
      Sounded like a Decepticon at first.

    • scottthestrategerist

      I hope it succeeds just to save the people of Northern Italy!

    • OHDeutscheKlezmerRebel

      Most definitely. Also, we need Western Maryland to become the 51’st state, sparking secessionist movements in other red regions that are stuck in blue states.

      • Sick of it

        NOVA needs to vacate the State of Virginia.

        • OHDeutscheKlezmerRebel

          Yes it does. That area is in no way part of Dixie.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    The dead are thought to have either suffocated on the overcrowded fishing vessel or drowned, the navy said.

    How did they get back on the boat after they drowned?

    The Italians and EU will be blamed for not sending private jumbo jets to Somalia, Sudan, Congo, etc., so the immigrants could travel first class to their country of choice.

    It’s their right after all. Just ask the UN!!

  • Einsatzgrenadier

    Around 30 migrants found dead on boat near Sicily.

    Correction: Around 30 parasites, thieves and cowards found dead on boat near Sicily.

    • me


      • LHathaway

        Very nice.

  • Ngati Pakeha

    “Mare Nostrum”? They should take that term literally. It means ” our sea” – not “everybody’s sea”. Forza Italia, act like a proper navy and secure your borders and stop acting like UNICEF!

  • IKUredux

    My initial reaction was: MORE DEAD ILLEGAL MIGRANTS. I have zero compassion for these “people”. Please, come on, stop having a gazillion kids. You don’t care about them, so, why should I? My focus is on my people. I am concerned about White Americans. I am concerned, because once upon a time an “AMERICAN” WAS AUTOMATICALLY ASSUMED TO BE A WHITE. No longer. The truth of the matter is: Being an American, is meaningless anymore. Umm, what does it mean to be an American, in this day and age? It means pretty much nothing. If you are misfortunate to be White,well, than, you are the WORST kind of what is now considered to be an “American”. The bottom line is this: It is no longer cool to be an American.

  • scottthestrategerist

    It sure is nice to read some good news! 🙂

  • EiSkogsNisse

    This was no doubt a case of divine intervention.

    • Ella

      Have many Muslims migrated into Norway from other EU countries like Sweden and France? Are they branching out into other Norwegian neighbourly cities? Here, Latinos buy up depressed real estate in US small towns and then, open businesses using govt. AA small business loans. Then, they bring in more people to take over and drain State resources.

  • ElComadreja

    A modest start.

  • I wouldn’t be suprised if the next batch was shot by “pirates”.

  • Zaporizhian Sich

    I’m sure there’s many whites, me included who would like to see the political class die out, one way or another.

  • OHDeutscheKlezmerRebel

    LaCosa Nostra needs to make sure these Negroes showing up on the shores of Sicily “disappear”. They are invaders, and should be treated as such.

    • Strider73

      Where are Vito Corleone and Luca Brasi when we really need them? These disease-ridden invaders are the ones who need to “sleep with the fishes.”