Final week, a fishing boat filled with refugees fleeing to Europe from Africa capsized in worldwide waters. Over 100 have been rescued, pulled from the surf and delivered to the Greek port of Kalamata, however the full scale of the catastrophe was unclear — it was tough to find out how many individuals have been on the boat to start with, not to mention what number of should be alive to rescue. Now, nonetheless, firmer numbers seem like popping out: Pakistani officers declare that over 300 folks misplaced their lives when the fishing boat capsized.
If that sounds odd, a Pakistani official commenting on a ship that left from Libya and sank close to Greece, there’s an excellent motive behind it: Lots of the passengers aboard the trawler have been touring from Pakistan — making an attempt to flee the nation’s monetary woes, and discover a higher life with higher jobs in Europe. If Pakistan’s numbers are appropriate, few folks made it.
The fishing boat capsized on June 16, 47 miles southwest of Greece, after leaving from town of Tobruk in Libya. It was sure for Italy, in response to Greek officers, however the boat’s engine died earlier than arriving at port. Members of the Hellenic Coast Guard approached the boat, and have been advised that assist wasn’t wanted earlier than it sank.
Family of passengers, nonetheless, inform a barely completely different story. Of their telling, Greek authorities tried to tow the trawler to shore however hooked up their ropes incorrectly — pulling the boat down reasonably than pulling it to security. This view, nonetheless, is disputed by the Hellenic Coast Guard, who declare that the boats current weren’t even able to towing such a big ship.
The tragedy stands in stark distinction to a different latest nautical incident — the disappearance of the Titan submarine, which has enraptured worldwide media (and earned 4 distinct posts on this web site alone). Whereas the sinking of this fishing boat is undoubtedly a a lot bigger tragedy — each on the dimensions of lives misplaced, and on the Titan passengers’ consent in comparison with the desperation of the refugees aboard the trawler — it’s garnered much less consideration internationally.
Possibly that’s as a result of it lacks the Google-friendly key phrase of the Titanic, the clickiness of billionaires misplaced at sea, or the sheer schadenfreude of watching supposedly “good” folks pile into an obviously-slapdash submersible. Possibly the subject of economic unrest and refugees is uncomfortable, and forces us all to think about that we’re much more more likely to find yourself on that battered blue fishing boat than dropping $250,000 for a seat within the Undersea Dying Tube.
Optimistically, none of us will find yourself on both. However, because the previous week has proven, not everyone seems to be so fortunate.