Category Humanitarian

Hundreds of Cubans turn up for rumor of mass exodus – Nation –

It was only a rumor. But several hundred people turned up at a remote Cuban port on the last days of 2013, some carrying inner tubes, hoping to reach the ship said to be waiting offshore for anyone who wanted to escape the island. “Police, state security and border guards sealed off the town, and […]

Italian coast guards rescue 700 migrants as EU leaders promise action –

Italian coast guards rescued nearly 700 people in five separate operations overnight around the island of Lampedusa, they said Friday. News of the rescue operations came as European Union leaders were meeting in Brussels, Belgium, for a summit at which the issue of migration was high on the agenda. The deaths of more than 300 […]

Frigate saves lives while pursuing anti-drug mission | Navy Times |

October was a big month for the San Diego-based frigate Rentz and its onboard Coast Guard law enforcement detachment, who in a two-week period rescued a fishing vessel stranded for 10 days and intercepted $80 million worth of cocaine. The 195-person crew is patrolling the Navy’s 4th Fleet area of responsibility off the coast of […]

Out of Fuel and Tired of Eating Bananas, Ecuadorian Fishermen Rescued by U.S. Navy | gCaptain ⚓ Maritime & Offshore News

Adrift and out of fuel for the past 10 days, the crew of an Ecuadorian fishing boat had nothing left to eat but bananas when they were spotted on Sunday 200 miles off the coast of Ecuador by lookouts from USS Rentz (FFG 46), a U.S. Navy guided missile frigate. USS Rentz spokesperson Ensign John […]

Six Egyptian migrants drown on 20-metre swim from boat to Sicily beach | World news |

Italy was shaken over the weekend by the deaths of six young Egyptians who drowned while trying to swim 20 metres from a wooden fishing boat to the shore, and whose bodies were laid out in bags beside sun umbrellas on a popular Sicilian beach. The prosecutor of Catania, Sicily’s second city, opened an investigation […]

Three migrants drown on perilous trek to Italy in rubber dinghy | GlobalPost

Three female migrants died during a treacherous voyage to Europe in a rubber dinghy and 174 others were rescued as they made their way to the Italian island of Lampedusa, media reported Sunday. A group of 90 Somali immigrants was intercepted while drifting in a dinghy in the Canal of Sicily and was rescued by […]

S. Korean troops rescue 11 foreign sailors in Gulf of Aden

The South Korean Navy’s anti-piracy unit in Somalia has rescued 11 foreign sailors who were drifting near the Gulf of Aden, the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) here said Monday. [object HTMLTextAreaElement] via S. Korean troops rescue 11 foreign sailors in Gulf of Aden.