Fairfield, Conn. (November 3, 2016) — Today, Save the Children’s search and rescue ship was called to help Norwegian navy ship Siem Pilot and a merchant vessel in the recovery of survivors and dead bodies after a rubber dinghy capsized off of the North African coast with bad sea conditions.
The organization rescued 29 people along with 12 bodies. Yet, the rubber dinghies usually carry many more people on board and the number of drowned or missing people could be much higher. Save the Children’s team is working with partners and continuing to carry out the search into the night.
Carolyn Miles, President & CEO of Save the Children said: "This is yet another tragic reminder that when there are no safe and legal routes, people will die at sea.
"The EU should provide safe and legal routes into Europe such as resettlement, humanitarian visas and increased flexibility in family reunification processes, which all should ensure minimum standards of protection, especially for children.
"More people have drowned so far this year than all of last year, making 2016 the deadliest year on record for those crossing the Mediterranean. This loss of life highlights the importance of search and rescue operations to prevent people losing their lives at sea."
Save the Children gives children in the United States and around the world a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We invest in childhood — every day, in times of crisis and for our future. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.