Migrant Ship: Italy Searches for Survivors as Another Boat Sinks

Monday, 12 May 2014 04:04 PM

By Morgan Chilson

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At least 14 people are dead and dozens are missing after a migrant ship carrying as many as 400 people capsized off of the Italy shoreline Monday.

About 200 people have been rescued from the boat that was apparently crossing the waters between Libya and Italy, Agence France-Presse reported from information being given by the Italian navy.

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Two Italian navy ships were helping to search for survivors, as well as two cargo ships and two Coast Guard vessels. A helicopter also was helping.

This is the second capsizing of a boat carrying migrants to occur in the last two days. The first occurred Sunday off of Libya’s coast, killing 24 people; 52 were rescued but 54 were missing, The Wall Street Journal said.

Such incidents are increasing in number and some of the Mediterranean countries are working to find a solution for the problem.

Italy, Malta and Greece, among others, are stressed by dealing with the migrants who are flooding their shores from Africa, and would like to see all of the European Union participate in providing asylum.

"It is the clear responsibility of all Member States of the European Union to now show concrete solidarity in order to reduce the risk of such tragedies from happening again," the WSJ quoted European Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmström in a statement. "If each Member State would resettle even just a few thousand people, this would make a huge difference for hundreds of thousands of people who are in need of shelter.”

AFP said immigration charities estimate that as many as 20,000 people have died on rickety boats trying to reach Europe. Forces have been established to try to find the often overcrowded boats before catastrophes occur, like the one that happened in October 2013 when as many as 366 people were killed as a boat carrying about 500 Eritreans sank off Italy’s shores.

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