Swedish ships ready to save Mediterranean migrants

As thousands of people drown trying to reach Europe from North Africa, a Swedish shipping line is getting equipment ready to save migrants’ lives.

Swedish-owned ships have already rescued hundreds of people in the Mediterranean. Now the Wallenius company is to make sure all its ships around the world have blankets, food and other supplies that can be used during such emergency situations.

News agency TT writes that last year a Swedish ship owned by Stena already happened to save around 90 people off the coast of Libya. And also last year a Wallenius ship saved 200 people in another part of the Mediterranean.

Last year over 170,000 people made the dangerous crossing to Italy and the EU in the last year alone, with thousands drowning every year.