Twenty-seven migrants and asylum seekers have reportedly lost their lives while attempting to cross the English Channel to reach the United Kingdom, after their boat sank off the coast of Calais overnight. Seven women and three children were among the victims.
London. UK. The Guardian continues its coverage of the case of the untimely death of Kiribati fisheries observer onboard the Taiwanese flagged WIN FAR 636 fishing vessel in March 2020 following the outcry by the family into the conduct of the investigation supplemented by an independent review by Human Rights at Sea with a detailed podcast by the Full Story team in Australia.
London. UK. Following the unexpected death on 19 April 2021 of the Romanian Master of the MV VANTAGE WAVE (IMO: 9506514) Human Rights at Sea has been asked by the deceased's family, and instructed by Gard P&I insurers on behalf of owners’ and crew members’ interests, to bring urgent international attention to the case of the continued failure to repatriate the body after seven weeks by multiple States. The onboard situation is further exacerbated by a rapidly emerging issue of food and water shortages, with resupply and dis-embarkment permissions allegedly being denied by local Chinese authorities at the time of writing.