Italy coast guards took charge of abandoned migrant ship
Italian authorities said that they have taken charge of the ship abandoned by its crew carrying about 450 migrants which was first thought to be a Syrian ship.
There were nearly 1,000 immigrants on board the ship and they were rescued from another ship that was found abandoned by the crew and rescued it later. Italian coast guard commander Filippo Marini told the reporters that the ship was towed by another ship belonging to the EU Frontex border control mission.
There were children and pregnant women among the migrants who were believed to be Syrians. He also said that Ezadeen that was 73 meter long is believed to have started sailing from Turkey although other reports that originated earlier said that the ship was sailing from Cyprus. The alarm was raised when the ship tried to make a distress call from one of the migrants on board the ship using the maritime radio on board.
He said, “We’re without crew, we’re heading toward the Italian coast and we have no-one to steer.” The ship was built nearly 50 years ago and it was a livestock carrier. It is believed that it belonged to a Lebanon company and captured by human traffickers.
It is the latest ship rescued with unscrewed migrants and full of would-be migrants who were left afloat to the mercy of the waves of the Mediterranean Sea. It seems to be a phenomenal incident that often happens in these area however, rescuers think that it might be a newly developing trend.