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Libya: Migrant shipwreck survivor recounts being denied rescue in intnl waters03:26

Libya: Migrant shipwreck survivor recounts being denied rescue in intnl waters

Libya, Zuwara
September 22, 2017 at 15:37 GMT -00:00 · Published

Around 30 migrants were rescued from the sea after the boat they were travelling in capsized off the coast of Libya, the Libyan coast guard announced on Thursday. Wreckage of the vessel, which had been heading for Italy, was discovered on Wednesday. Speaking from a hospital in Zuwara, Alu, a survivor of the incident said the boat had been denied rescue in international waters by the crews of unidentified boats and helicopters. The boat, which was reportedly carrying 132 migrants at the time, was forced to return to Libya.By that time its fuel had run out and those on board were forced to spend five days in the Mediterranean Sea with no food or water, until the sea current brought the survivors to the coast of the Libyan city of Zuwara.According to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (1982) and the International Convention on Maritime Search and Rescue (1979) people are entitled to receive aid in international waters.The obligation to extend aid applies without regard to the nationality, status, or circumstances of the person or people in distress.

Libya: Migrant shipwreck survivor recounts being denied rescue in intnl waters03:26
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Around 30 migrants were rescued from the sea after the boat they were travelling in capsized off the coast of Libya, the Libyan coast guard announced on Thursday. Wreckage of the vessel, which had been heading for Italy, was discovered on Wednesday. Speaking from a hospital in Zuwara, Alu, a survivor of the incident said the boat had been denied rescue in international waters by the crews of unidentified boats and helicopters. The boat, which was reportedly carrying 132 migrants at the time, was forced to return to Libya.By that time its fuel had run out and those on board were forced to spend five days in the Mediterranean Sea with no food or water, until the sea current brought the survivors to the coast of the Libyan city of Zuwara.According to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (1982) and the International Convention on Maritime Search and Rescue (1979) people are entitled to receive aid in international waters.The obligation to extend aid applies without regard to the nationality, status, or circumstances of the person or people in distress.

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