The Ezadeen, thought to have 450 migrants on board, is brought under tow by an Icelandic coast guard vessel working for the EU
Rescuers have reached a second ship containing hundreds of migrants which was found drifting towards Italy in stormy seas with no crew on board having been abandoned by the smugglers.
An Icelandic coast guard ship, part of a new European patrol force to aid migrants at sea, made contact with the stricken vessel Ezadeen – thought to have 450 migrants on board – and has brought it under tow.
It comes as nearly 1,000 migrants were saved earlier this week when the coastguard boarded another ship sailing without a crew and stopped it from crashing into the coast of Italy…
…The Sierra-Leone-flagged cargo ship apparently set sail from Turkey, he said…
And of course the EU is cool with this — provided they can rescue all the invaders safely. Likely from the Middle East. Truly Europe is in suicide mode.
More coverage from Reuters, that confirms it did set sail from Turkey:
Smugglers have changed tactics because Italy has ended its Mare Nostrum maritime search and rescue mission, which makes a crossing in a small boat more risky, and due to increased fighting in Libya, Carlotta Sami, a spokeswoman for the UN refugee agency, told Reuters.
“We have seen increasing use of old cargo ships ready to be dismantled (to smuggle migrants) over the past two months,” she said. “The usually don’t even have any electronic equipment on board.”