A new shipwreck in the Mediterranean Sea, off the coast of Libya, killed some 30 people, including very young children, on Wednesday. A photographer, who was alongside the rescuers, attended the rescue.
More than 30 migrants drowned on Wednesday, May 24, including very young children, after falling from an overloaded wooden boat off Libya. At least 500 migrants were aboard a wooden boat about 20 nautical miles off Zouara (100 km west of Tripoli).
Many of them were picked up by Phoenix from the Maltese NGO Moas, whose founder Chris Catrambone, who was on board, posted on Twitter photos of dozens of migrants calling for help in the water. “It is not a scene of a horror film, it is a real tragedy that is taking place today at the gates of Europe,” he commented.
This tragedy is in addition to those who have already made this year at least 1,254 dead or disappeared in the Central Mediterranean, according to an assessment of the International Organization for Migration.