The vessel was brought safely into harbour at Gallipoli Italy but it was a race against time to save all of those on board. The Red Cross reports that 1,000 migrants, mainly Syrians and Kurds, have been rescued from the vessel. They are being temporarily housed in any available buildings such as gymnasiums.
"Mohammed from Iraq was one of the passengers. "One week we sleep in the ship," he said in broken English. "[We] don't have clean water, don't have food, don't have doctor… women, children all sick."
The latest reports claim that there were no deaths but obviously those people on board endured a terrifying ordeal.
The Greek Ferry, the Norman Atlantic, which caught fire and led to a tough rescue operation only happened days ago; people are still missing. It happened in the same area of the Mediterranean as the latest report of armed men on board a ship, again a Greek vessel.
10 people died, and at least forty other are unaccounted for, following the fire disaster of the Norman Atlantic ferry. The rescue operation meant some passengers were left on the ferry as it burned but in freezing cold temperatures. Two men died in the rescue operation of the Norman Atlantic on a tug boat.
The number of missing on the Norman Atlantic is still unclear. Discrepancies between passenger lists are making clarification difficult. In a worst case scenario though at least 40 people may still be missing.
Who or what started the fire is not known at this time.
A criminal investigation has already been launched.
Latest reports indicate there were illegal migrants on the Norman Atlantic also.
People trafficking is a huge problem and some make big money out of the hardship of others.