Skip to comments.Migrant ship sinks off Indonesia; over 200 missing
Posted on 12/17/2011 9:52:42 PM PST by quantim
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- Rescuers battled high waves Sunday as they searched for 200 asylum seekers still missing after their wooden ship sank off Indonesia's main island of Java. So far only 33 people have been plucked alive from the choppy waters alive.
Survivors told authorities they had been trying to reach Australia, said Lt. Alwi Mudzakir, a maritime police official who was heading rescue operations.
He blamed Saturday's accident on overloading, saying the vessel - packed with 250 men, women and children from Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran and Turkey - appeared to have been carrying more than twice its capacity.
When the boat became unsteady 20 miles (32 kilometers) off Java's coast, people started panicking, causing it two sway violently back and forth, until finally it capsized.
Indonesia, a sprawling archipelagic nation of 240 million people, has more than 18,000 islands and thousands of miles (kilometers) of unpatrolled coastline, making it a key transit point for smuggling migrants.
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Some sort of muzzie jihad or the last of the Christians left in those lands escaping to...Christmas Island?
Loaded to double capacity in rough seas?
Sad for any kids but really, this isn’t a tragedy, this is darwin award material.
Or how about 200 terrified and desperate souls miserably perish in a storm at sea?
Prayers... just trying to escape.
Tragic..nothing else I can say.
What do you mean by that?
Kind of reminds me of the Peter O’Toole movie “Lord Jim”.
I’m certain you’ll figure it out...
Basically the coyotes running the operation have no interest in it succeeding. All their income comes up front.
It is unfortunate that many may have died. Their objective, however, was to make a false claim of asylum in the land of the infidels, go on welfare and rape Australian girls because they have it coming. It is hard to muster a great deal of sympathy.
I’m sure you have a link for that information.
“OK, so what’s the real story behind this?”
Middle-eastern illegals on their way to Australia. They travel via Malaysia and Indonesia, often staying for years, before sailing to Australia. It’s a one-way trip for them and the boat, so the organizers use the nastiest vessels that will just about probably survive the trip if nothing goes wrong. Once they get into Australian territory, they sabotage the boats, call their “refugee advocate” contact on the mainland to let them know they’ve arrived, and wait to be picked up by the Navy or Customs.
Boats have sunk before doing this. Not that long ago, one broke up on the rocks on Christmas Island during a storm. Between the numbers making the journey since the left really rolled out the welcome mat a few years ago, and the unscrupulousness of the organizers, it really is lucky that more haven’t died. A terrible business.
Guess they should have stayed home, eh?
Too bad you did...
You ever seen the movie “300?”
I’ll reference you to the celebration scene when the storm sinks the Persian fleet. That’s about how I feel.
Do you have some inside information that these particular people were “fleeing” oppression rather than trying to spread it via Sharia law?
I guess you’re of the opinion that most Muslim “asylum seekers” are genuine victims of oppression. I’ve seen through the charade.
Sucks when you think of the perfect insult after you post, doesn’t it?
Two words. Jerk store.