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Report of COE on Lives Lost in Mediterranean Sea

Datum bericht: 25 april 2012

Rapporteur Tineke Strik of the The Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons of the Parliamentary Assembly published on Thursday 29 March 2012 a report on a case in which a small boat left Tripoli with 72 people on board and after two weeks at sea drifted back to Libya with only nine survivors.

No one went to aid ot hthsi boat, despite a distress call logged by the Italian Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre.

In this case, many opportunities for saving the lives of the persons on board the boat were lost. A series of ecommendations are made in the draft resolution to reduce the likelihood of similar tragedies in the future.
There is also a request for further information from NATO and relevant member States to identify or carry out an investigation into the identity of the helicopter and ship that allegedly failed to go to the rescue of the boat in distress.