Death By Rescue

Death By Rescue

The week commencing 12 April 2015 saw what is believed to be the largest loss of life at sea in the recent history of the Mediterranean. On 12 April, 400 people died when an overcrowded boat capsized due to its passengers’ excitement at the sight of platform supply vessels approaching to rescue them. Less than a week later, on 18 April, a similar incident took an even greater toll in human lives, leading the deadliest single shipwreck recorded by the United Nations’ High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in the Mediterranean.    Over 800 people are believed to have died when a migrants’ vessel sank after a mis-manoeuvre led it to collide with a cargo ship that had approached to rescue its passengers. More than 1,200 lives were thus lost in a single week. As Médecins Sans Frontiers (MSF) commented at the time, these figures eerily resemble those of a war zone.  


Charles Heller and Lorenzo Pezzani: Principal Investigators, Text

Rossana Padeletti: GIS and AIS data analysis

Samaneh Moafi: Graphic design, animations

Laure Vermeersch: Video filming and editing

Richard Limeburner: Oceanographic Analysis

Nancy Porsia: Fieldwork, Interviews (Lybia)

Sabine Llewellyn: Research assistant, fieldwork (Sicily)

Shela Sheikh: Editing

Christina Varvia: Forensic techniques consultant

Matteo Menapace and Aimee Matthew-John: Web design (based on an original design by Nick Axel, Forensic Architecture)


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