Raw Video: Chaotic Migrant Rescue by Cargo Ship Caught on Tape

Some dramatic raw video emerged Tuesday (May 5) showing the chaotic rescue of migrants from a sinking rubber boat by a cargo ship.

The shipping industry has long been saying that the international community cannot rely on ill-equipped merchant ships and their crews to carry out large-scale rescues of migrants at sea. After watching this video, it’s easy to sea why.

In the past 16 months, merchant ships have participated in almost 1,000 such rescue operations in the Mediterranean leading to the rescue of more than 40,000 people, which is why the shipping industry has been pressuring the EU for increased search and rescue operations to deal with the unprecedented humanitarian crisis that has unfolded.

The videos below show a similar rescue by the MV Stjerneborg cargo ship carried out in 2014 in the Mediterranean (Warning: Graphic Videos):