The American navy ship ignored desperate pleas to sink a migrating boat that caused 76 deaths, claiming the survivors
The US Navy is under attack because it allegedly ignores the emergency calls of a sinking migrant dignity that capsized in the Mediterranean in June and killed 76 people.
Survivors claimed that the USNS Trenton would not come to their aid while the boat sank. They claimed that if the navy had acted, some of the people on the boat might have been rescued.
The allegations were made in a video published by La Repubblica in October and were investigated by prosecutors in Sicily.
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Survivors claimed that the USNS Trenton would not come to the rescue when the boat went down in June
There were a total of 116 people on the boat, but only 42 survived
There were a total of 116 people on the boat, but only 42 survived.
"We saw that ship, it was not far away," said a survivor. & # 39; We saw the American flag. If they had saved us when we were all still on board, 76 people would not have died. & # 39;
The dignhy was traveling from Libya and mainly contained people from Sub-Saharan Africa. It began to fill with water on the morning of 12 June.
The dignhy was traveling from Libya and mainly contained people from Sub-Saharan Africa. It began to fill with water on the morning of 12 June
The US Navy has denied that it was in the area before sinking
One witness claimed that the seas & # 39; rough & # 39; were when the boat began to fill with water.
But when the migrants saw the American boat, they spent more than an hour drawing the attention of the boat.
We saw the American flag and we tried to reach it, but as we approached, they seemed to dodge us and change direction, & # 39; another witness added.
Many of the migrants lost their loved ones, including a woman on the video that lost her brother and sister.
Survivors claim that the USNS Trenton was back at its destination about half an hour after the boat had sunk
& # 39; My wife was pregnant. She died before my eyes, "a man in the clip said.
The US Navy has denied that it was in the area before sinking.
But survivors claim that the USNS Trenton returned to its destination half an hour after the boat had sunk.
And when asked why they had not helped in the first place, they were told that & # 39; it was not their job & # 39 ;.
We are aware of the reports that an Italian official is investigating the rescue by USNS Trenton of people in distress at sea & # 39 ;, says Cmdr Kyle Raines, a spokesman for the US 6th fleet.
Fabio D & # 39; Anna, a prosecutor in Ragusa, said that a formal investigation has not started. She added: "We will try to talk to the survivors of the shipwreck, to understand what happened that morning. & # 39;
We are aware of the reports that an Italian official is investigating USNS Trenton & # 39; s rescue of people in distress at sea, & # 39; said Cmdr Kyle Raines, a spokesperson for the US sixth fleet, against The Guardian.
Military Sealift Command again confirms that at about 1207 GMC on June 12, 2018 the watch officer of USNS Trenton visually saw a capsized raft and staff bobbed in the ocean. This was the first observation of the raft made by USNS Trenton staff.
& # 39; Two rigid hull inflatable boats (RHIB & # 39; s) and a fast rescue boat were launched from Trenton and repaired the distressed people, who were immediately brought aboard Trenton and provided with food, water, clothing and medical care . & # 39;
In June Trenton & # 39; s reaction to another rescue of a migrant was brought under speculation. The Greek ship, Leone Hermes, ended up saving the migrants in that incident.