In a detailed report, the non-governmental organization’s alert phone condemned the rejection of European responsibility and the “incompetence” of the Libyan “coast guard” in the disaster that occurred in the coastal region of Libya.
In front of them, there is Europe and another kind of hope for life. They will never see its shore. In the evening of April 21 (Wednesday) to April 22 (Thursday), at least 130 illegal immigrants were killed south of the Sicilian Canal. Very close to the coast of Libya. According to the NGO’s alert call, these migrants could have been saved. In a report describing the tragedy in detail from time to time, the NGO attributed the shipwreck accident to European accountability and responsibility to Europe.“inability” of “Coast Guard” Libyan.
According to the story of the “alarm call”, the hotline answered the calls of the migrants who died and contacted their volunteers on the morning of January 1, 2008. On April 21, a Libyan fisherman was near Homs in the west of the country. A migrant ship that was supposed to set sail at about 10 pm the previous night was then in distress at sea. The first alert was emailed to coordination and rescue centers in neighboring countries (Italy, Libya and Malta) at 9:51 am.
The NGO managed to reach the ship’s satellite phone from 10:03 in the morning. Connection is very difficult. There is wind in the background. The voice expressed is cut off, and the call is systematically cut off. “We can almost only distinguish their calls for help, we have to piece together the puzzle”, Remember Pierre, a volunteer from Berlin (his name has been changed), he wishes to remain anonymous. Early in the morning, the ship’s GPS coordinates were transmitted to the Maltese, Libyan and Italian authorities, hoping they could send a merchant ship to the area.
According to GPS data, the ship is about 200 kilometers from the coast of Libya. world Be able to consult, “There is no one, no one is responsible for the shipwreck accident”, Judge Pierre. Tripoli should intervene in this area called “Search and Rescue” (SAR).The association dialed six phone numbers, hoping it could “Coast Guard” Intervention. There is no answer. “It’s very rare, but sometimes, if we are lucky, they will answer us”Pierre said.
After several telephone exchanges with the ship, the “Alarm Call” volunteers were able to estimate that the number of illegal immigrants on the ship was approximately 130, including 7 women-one of whom was pregnant. The bathtub is composed of two rubber floats, “Like the Chinese zodiac, but not very strong, and is not designed for crossing at all.”.
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