Last week, a refugee boat capsized off the Libya coast after passengers rushed to one side on spotting a rescue ship. At least five people died.
This tragedy could end up foreshadowing the demise of the European Union as it continues crossing turbulent waters en route to its destination of political union.
Free movement in a continent made up of disparate countries seeking utopian salvation at a time of social disintegration and economic fragility is just not a good idea. All the skilled labour migrates towards the stronger, more prosperous countries, forcing the weaker economies to suffer rapidly diminishing GDPs and increasing reliance on handouts from their richer neighbours, who, in turn, experience social disharmony and threats to their infrastructure.
In essence, everyone is rushing to the side of the ship and the consequences are going to be catastrophic. Frankly, I think the EU is heading for the rocks anyway, whatever the outcome of the UK referendum. Eurozone unemployment, a horrendous level of Greek and Italian debt and an uncontrolled immigration system – all good reasons to launch the lifeboat and start paddling for a better future outside the EU.