Frontex detects a migrant smuggling boat

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A screen grab taken from an undated handout video made available by the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) on 24 June 2019 shows migrants coming out of from a fishing trawler (R) to board a wooden boat (L), at high seas in the Mediterranean. According to Frontex, some 80 people emerged from below the deck of the fishing trawler -- a so-called 'mother boat' that people smugglers use to carry large groups of migrants across the sea -- and got into the smaller boat. After the migrant boat was filled with people it slowly headed toward the Italian island of Lampedusa as the fishing trawler quickly moved away. Frontex said that it used a plane and a drone to observe the fishing trawler and the boat with migrants for several hours; it also alerted Italian and Maltese authorities and the EUNAVFOR Med (Operation Sophia). Italian authorities, who are investigating the case, started a complex operation that caught up with the bigger vessel and arrested the suspected people smugglers and the migrant boat was intercepted in the Italian waters.

Frontex detects a migrant smuggling boat


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Last week, the European Board and Coast Guard Agency, or Frontex, detected a mother boat smuggling migrants from Bangladesh, Morocco and Libya, going towards the Italian island of Lampedusa.
A Frontex plane and drone kept observing the fishing trawler and the boat with migrants over several hours, alerting Italian and Maltese authorities, after which the Italian authorities arrested seven suspected smugglers and seized the fishing trawler.

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