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Rescue charity finds another body off Libya

Posted to Maritime Reporter on June 10, 2024

On Saturday, another body was found off the coasts of Libya. A day earlier, Doctors Without Borders had recovered the bodies 11 migrants from the Mediterranean Sea in the same region. The rescue ship claimed to have saved over 160 people.

Sea Watch, a non-profit organization, announced on the social media platform X on Saturday that their plane had spotted a corpse.

On the flight today, our crew discovered a new body. The search and flight continue," said the Germany-based non profit group.

Since 2014, the United Nations has recorded more than 20,000 deaths or disappearances along the central Mediterranean. This makes it the world's most dangerous migration crossing.

MSF's Geo Barents rescue and search vessel rescued 146 migrants over two missions and found another 20 on a separate boat. The bodies of 11 people seen by Sea Watch were also recovered.

"We don't know the exact cause of this tragedy but we do know that people are still dying in their desperate attempts to reach safety. MSF stated on X that this slaughter must stop.

Italian media reported that the 11 bodies would be transferred to a ship operated by the Italian Coast Guard and temporarily disembarked at Lampedusa.

Italy has called on Tunisia to do more to prevent would-be migrants putting themselves at sea. Italy has also tightened up on rescue ship operations, saying that they encourage people to go to Europe. Charities deny this.

Italy told Geo Barents on Friday to send its latest group to Genova in the north, 650 nautical mile away from the most convenient ports of nearby Sicily.

MSF stated that "this will delay the assistance to the... survivors who have already endured a great deal." (Reporting from Crispian Balmer, Rome; Francesca Landini, Milan; Editing done by Matthew Lewis and Alexander Smith.