EU vows to act swiftly as migrant smugglers begin using huge cargo ships in Mediterranean

January 5, 2015 1:00 PM

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EU vows to act swiftly as migrant smugglers begin using huge cargo ships in Mediterranean

The cargo ship Ezadeen, carrying hundreds of migrants, arrives at the southern Italian port of Corigliano, Italy, late Friday, Jan. 2, 2015. The cargo ship was stopped with about 450 migrants aboard after smugglers sent it speeding toward the coast in rough seas with no one in command. Italian authorities lowered engineers and electricians onto the wave-tossed ship by helicopter to secure it, and the Icelandic Coast Guard towed it to the Italian port of Corigliano late Friday night. Smugglers who bring migrants to Europe by sea appear to have adopted a new, more dangerous tactic: cramming hundreds of them onto a large cargo ship, setting it on an automated course to crash into the coast, and then abandoning the helm. (AP Photo/Antonino D'Urso) (The Associated Press)

The cargo ship Ezadeen, carrying hundreds of migrants, arrives at the southern Italian port of Corigliano, Italy, late Friday, Jan. 2, 2015. The cargo ship was stopped with about 450 migrants aboard after smugglers sent it speeding toward the coast in rough seas with no one in command. Italian autho...

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