Not Again

94 Dead in Sicily Shipwreck

The Italian coastline continues to suffer a string of bad luck with ships, but this time it wasn’t a party boat: a boat carrying African migrants wrecked off Sicily on Thursday, killing as many as 94 people. Around 150 people have been rescued, but the boat may have been carrying as many 500, meaning many are still missing. The tragedy instantly became one of the deadliest migrant shipwrecks in modern history. The Italian islands of Sicily and Lampedusa are frequent targets of smugglers’ boats since they are closer to Africa than the Italian mainland.