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Wednesday, August 17, 2005
By Dr. Steven Taylor @ 2:04 pm

Via CNN: 100 missing after boat sinks off Colombia:

More than 100 people have disappeared after an Ecuadorean boat carrying illegal immigrants sank in the Pacific Ocean, the Colombian navy said Wednesday.

A fishing boat rescued seven men and two women of about 120 people who had been aboard the vessel, the Colombian navy said in a statement, adding that a Colombian navy plane and boat were searching for victims.

And if you want evidence of what people will do to get to the US from the South:

The boat had left the port of Manta, Ecuador, without permission, the Colombian navy said. About 120 were crammed into the boat, which had a normal capacity of 15.

Illegal immigrants have in the past been jammed into boats leaving South America in an attempt to reach Central America and then continue to the United States.


Sadly, the death toll is high, as the AFP is reporting: 104 killed as ship sinks off Colombia.

Take this and the plane crashes in Greece and Venezuela and that’s over 300 people killed in major transportation-related accidents since Sunday.

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  1. Take out the Greek tragedy and it’s been a bad week for Latin America, too.

    Comment by Bryan S. — Wednesday, August 17, 2005 @ 2:20 pm

  2. Do you really consider the sinking of a boat built for 15 — even if it was crammed with 120 — a major transportation-related accident? Well, if the predicate of the adjective “major” is “accident” then maybe. If the predicate is “transportation” I have my doubts. In any case, they are somewhat apples and oranges — one doesn’t expect a major airline carrier to crash. One could well expect a refugee boat to sink, especially given the circumstances.

    Comment by Scott Gosnell — Wednesday, August 17, 2005 @ 2:57 pm

  3. Boats are a mode of transportation.

    100+ deaths is a major event.

    Hence, a “major transportation-related accident”

    Now, a more foreseeable one than an airliner crash, yes.

    But less major or less transportation-y?

    Not so much.

    Comment by Dr. Steven Taylor — Wednesday, August 17, 2005 @ 3:35 pm

  4. Drowning your way to this…

    I understand the dream of a better life… but is it worth it if you never make it to this…? h/t Poliblog

    Trackback by Drink this... — Wednesday, August 17, 2005 @ 4:37 pm

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