Inside the boat of death: Heartbreaking photos showing how migrants are fighting for dear life

Over 1,800 migrants packed themselves onto one boat Thousands more migrants have been rescued in the Med in what is fast turning in to be one of the busiest weeks for patrol crews.
Their last moments were spent gasping for air inside a wretched ship which was meant to take them to safety. Instead it delivered a horrible death. Rescuers came too late to save the desperate migrants seen in these pictures, but they were able to help hundreds of others.

The boat had been carrying around 1,800 people when it was sighted in the Mediterranean 12 miles off the coast of Libya.

Some resorted to jumping overboard while one drowning father tried to fling his baby to safety. Staff from Proactiva Open Arms NGO pulled the living onboard their own boats but for some, it was too late.

Inside the vessel, they found a number of bodies huddled together amid discarded shoes, clothes and blankets.

As the the light dwindled and the rescue went into the night, some were brought out of the wooden boat on stretchers - watched by dozens of other migrants huddled together as they waited for their relief vessel to depart.

They were among the 4,650 migrant saved in more than 30 rescue missions off the Libyan coast yesterday.

This brings the total rescued in the last 48 hours to more than 10,000 refugees, and the death toll to 50 as people smugglers take advantage of relatively calm weather to push boats to sea.

The vast majority come from Africa, including Nigeria, Eritrea, Guinea, Gambia, Sudan, Ivory Coast and Somalia.


  1. What a risk taken just to go overseas. if one can take all these risks to get there then why not take Lil to survive and live fine in your own country.

  2. What people fail to realize is, with this type of will, u can make it in d hardest part of your country.

  3. very sad situations and AU is feeling non concern about poverty in Africa... so sad!

  4. If only they can put this kinda enery into hustling, they wouldn't need to leave their countries

  5. May the souls of the departed rest in peace.


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