There needs to be more safe harbors for asylum seekers and other migrants rescued from the Mediterranean sea, otherwise unsafe situations will arise on merchant ships, the Royal association of Dutch shipowners KVNR said to newspaper Trouw.
A DNA investigation on the body of a baby boy found hidden in some bushes at Amsterdam's Sloterplas in June, revealed that the baby boy is most likely descended from North Africa and the northern edges of the Mediterranean sea, the police announced. The baby boy will be buried in Amsterdam on Monday.
The Italian police found a Dutch family that was believed to be missing in Sardinia for several days. They are unharmed. The family, consisting of a couple and two kids, was hiking and camping in a mountainous region that has no cellphone reception
Amsterdam resident Reineir Boere will soon be patrolling the Mediterranean sea aboard the Sea-Watch, looking for refugees who are in trouble. The ship will be setting sail from the Italian island of Lampedusa on Wednesday and will be patrolling the area between Malta and Libya for two weeks, providing first aid to migrants in distress.
A Dutch cutter ship departed from Eemshaven, Groningen on Tuesday to help rescue people in danger of drowning in the Mediterranean sea. The 21-meter "Sea Watch", a privately-owned Dutch boat, has an all-volunteer international crew and working with the financial support of four German families, AD reports
Shipowner groups and seafarer unions are demanding European Union member states take immediate action to address the growing humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean sea, a joint letter from the associations states. Thousands of people from Northern Africa have tried to cross the sea to Europe on overcrowded boats and 3,500 have already lost their lives since 2014, the letter claims.