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Rescuing refugees off the high seas

More asylum seekers from Middle East attempt Mediterranean crossing to seek refuge in Europe

A Turkish Cypriot authority rescue vessel sails towards a fishing boat crammed with some 220 Syrian migrants near the port of Kyrenia off the northern coast of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, which is recognised only by Turkey.

MERCHANT ships must have provision to cope with a man overboard emergency and, in the case of most modern vessels, now have a small rescue boat for that purpose. Large commercial vessels, such as container ships, bulk carriers and tankers are, however, designed primarily to carry cargo