Italy Boat Sinking: Why Do Europe-bound Migrants Keep Dying?

Europe, which lost the last six meetings and is trying to win the trophy for the first time since the inaugural contest in 2000, won three of the five pairings on a day of mixed weather conditions. Nicolas Colsaerts and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano finished the day by winning 5 and 3 against Scottish pair Scott Jamieson and Marc Warren. Then Stephen Gallacher and Paul Lawrie beat veterans Thomas Bjorn and Miguel Angel Jimenez 3 and 2 in the opener. But Europe won the second and fourth matches when Mikko Ilonen and Thorbjorn Olesen beat Tommy Fleetwood and Chris Wood by a single hole and Gregory Bourdy and Joost Luiten won 2 and 1 against Jamie Donaldson and David Lynn. The third game was halved as Britain and Ireland missed a chance. Ryder Cup player Paul Casey and Simon Khan were set to get a point for Sam Torrance’s side, but Italy’s Francesco Molinari birdied the last as he and Matteo Manassero earned a half for Jose Maria Olazabal’s team. After bright conditions early on, there was heavy rain in the afternoon. Ilonen quickly got Europe back on track with three birdies on the front nine, and Olesen restored their two-shot lead with a birdie on the 13th hole after Fleetwood reduced the deficit with a birdie on 11. Join the Discussion You are using an outdated version of Internet Explorer. Please click here to upgrade your browser in order to comment.

The boat carrying an estimated 500 men, women, and children, mainly from Eritrea and Somalia, was traveling from the Libyan coast when the fire broke out at dawn near Lampedusa, an island just 86 miles from Tunisia . RECOMMENDED: Think you know Europe? Take our geography quiz. As the fire raged, terrified migrants rushed to one side of the 65 foot-long boat, causing it to capsize about half a nautical mile off the islands coast, officials said. The Italian coast guard rescued about 150 people but another 250 were still missing hours after the disaster happened, said Antonio Candela, a government health commissioner. Italian television showed recovered bodies lined up along the quayside of the islands tiny port. More than 90 bodies had been recovered by midday Thursday, according to Angelino Alfano, a deputy prime minister. “It’s horrific, like a cemetery. They are still bringing them out,” said Giusi Nicolini, Lampedusas mayor. We dont have space for all the bodies theres no room to bury them. Its a dreadful tragedy.

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