Death By Rescue

Death by Rescue

The lethal effects of the EU’s policies of non-assistance

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)

Rossana Padeletti

Samaneh Moafi

Laure Vermeersch

Richard Limeburner

Nancy Porsia

Sabine Llewellyn

Shela Sheikh

Christina Varvia

Matteo Menapace

Aimee Matthew-John

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Itamar Mann

Claire Saas

Karine Parrot

Jean Matringe

Fulvio Vassallo Paleologo

Carmen Cordaro

Leonhard den Hertog

Ferruccio Pastore

Jeff Crisp

Tuesday Reitano

Julien Jeandesboz

Chris Jones

Marie Martin

Patrick Ball

Tamara Last

Manuela Honegger-Heller

Gian-Andrea Monsch




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