Bodies of water

EU proposes doubling rescue effort, schedules crisis meeting on Thursday

By James Mackenzie & Robin Emmott

The European Union proposed doubling the size of its Mediterranean search and rescue operations on Monday, as the first bodies were brought ashore of as many as 900 people feared killed in the deadliest known shipwreck of migrants trying to reach Europe.

Greek govt spokesman calls for EU to take responsibility for migrant tragedy

Government spokesman Gavriil Sakellaridis on Sunday called for action concerning dangerous refugee and migrant crossings in the Mediterranean following the tragic shipwreck claiming hundreds of lives in the waters south of Italy.

In a written announcement, he stated

Italy rescues 1,500 migrants at sea in less than 24 hours

Italian navy and coast guard ships rescued around 1,500 migrants aboard five boats in the southern Mediterranean in less than 24 hours, officials said on April 5.
All of the migrants were rescued on Saturday by two coast guard ships and one navy ship in five separate operations, the coast guard said in a statement.

Turkish Coast Guard fires on rogue ship, captures hundreds of migrants

Turkey's coast guard units have fired on a rogue cargo ship in the Dardanelles Strait before capturing hundreds of migrants inside.

The 59 meters long cargo ship, named "Do?an Kartal," ignored the security forces' calls to stop off the Gallipoli peninsula on March 12. 

300 feared drowned in new Mediterranean boat tragedy

More than 300 migrants were feared drowned on Feb. 11 after their overcrowded dinghies sank in the Mediterranean, the latest boat disaster on the perilous crossing from Africa to Europe.
The victims were among migrants mainly from sub-Saharan Africa who had left the coast of Libya at the weekend in four small boats, the UN refugee agency said.