Recently, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) stated that rescue of all persons in distress at sea – including illegal migrants – is an obligation under international maritime law, as well as being a long established humanitarian duty.
Now, though it’s a legal and humanitarian obligation of merchant ships to provide assistance to anyone in distress at sea. more than often the merchant ships do not have enough resources and means to save people in distress, especially if they are by dozens in number.
One such shocking incident is seen in this video when the overloaded raft of migrants capsized under their own weight, forcing them to jump into the water.
The ship’s crew threw lifebuoys and provided as much help as possible but obviously it was not enough.
Should the ship’s crew have done more and acted quickly to help the migrants?
Being a seafarer, what would you do in such situation?
Number of migrant death is constantly on the rise as thousands make dangerous journey on boats across the ocean. It’s high time concrete steps are taken to save these helpless souls at the sea.
Let’s know your thoughts in the comments.
NOTE: Marine Insight does not have enough information to verify this video and cannot vouch for its accuracy. This video is for information purpose only.