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Out of Palermo

1986: Piero Corrao and Toto Podesta set the nets off Mondello

Piero and Toto` set the net one evening
When Piero's father was a young fishermen the sea was full of fish and he could never get a good price for his haul. Now seafood is rich man's dinner and Piero hardly takes in a half bucket of fish. The sea is wiped out, depleted. But they looked good trying to make aliving, didn't they?  Read More 
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Immigrant boat capsizes off Libyan coast; 9 cadavers, 144 saved

From today's La Repubblica: A boat full of immigrants capsized 80 miles off the coast of Libya and nine people drowned trying to get to Europe. The Italian coast guard saved the 144 shipwreck survivors and put them on a military boat bound for Sicily while Coast Guard members stayed to look for more survivors or  Read More 
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29 Body Bags full of Cadavers of Refugees

Twenty-nine people died of exposure to the cold on a rescue from the sea. They died while being rushed to Lampedusa, the Sicilian island closest to Africa. They were rescued from some of the worst conditions at sea, waves twenty feet high.

Update: here is the story in the NYT:
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/10/ Read More 
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