12 migrants die and 33 other people need treatment in the hospital due to bad conditions on a smuggling boat
When put together in a crowded boat, their oxygen quickly runs out and they suffocate. Their bodies are then found washed ashore near the Libyan coast
Doctors Without Borders said around 10 people were found dead on a boat that was carrying around 100 migrants. Most of them were attempting to make it to Europe.
The charity ship picked up almost 100 people in distress. Some of them showed signs of trauma and stress.
It took us almost two hours to retrieve them and to bring them on board, so they can have a dignified burial once arrived onshore. Doctors Without Borders search and rescue leader Fulvia Conte told The Guardian
It’s horrific and infuriating when this happens at sea. Another tragedy, but it could have been avoided if authorities safeguards were in place.
The European border patrol wouldn’t listen to the Alarm Phone volunteer-run rescue hotline, and 3 hours later they received a distress call.
Doctors Without Borders rescue ship safely delivered around 200 refugees to safety. Despite their many crucial rescues, they still have a lot of work ahead of them.
Officials estimate that more than 1,200 migrants have died so far this year trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea, and almost 23,000 have died since 2014. These numbers are staggering given all the efforts by countries on both sides of the Mediterranean to combat illegal immigration.