Greetings. So the European migrant crisis is raging on. Yesterday, a boat in the Mediterranean capsized. I wont include an image of the capsized boat with its frightened people clinging to it- because it is pretty horrible-I think we can all picture a boat capsizing. Instead, above is an image of the Naval Ensign of Italy. Thankfully 562 people were rescued, although 5 sadly drowned. A massive THANK YOU to the Italian Navy who helped rescue the 562 people.
The trawler overturned as a result of people on board rushing to one side after spotting a rescue ship. This meant that people clung desperately to the deck or dropped into the sea. My heart breaks into a thousand little pieces when I read things like that. Italy’s Bettica patrol boat threw life rafts and jackets while another Italian ship sent rescue boats. The same patrol boat rescued a further 108 migrants in another incident later on that day.
Nearly 6K migrants trying to reach Europe illegally have been rescued from flimsy unseaworthy boats in recent days. Yes, recent. Sea-crossing between Libya and Italy is the main route for migrants since an EU deal with Turkey significantly curbed the number of migrants sailing across the Aegean to Greece.
Pictured below is an image of the Italian Navy uniforms and insignia.