On June 13, a ship carrying around 750 people, mainly from Pakistan, Egypt, and Syria, capsized in the Central Mediterranean within Greek waters. Despite prior warnings from Europe’s border agency Frontex and activists, the Greek coast guard monitored the situation by air, ignoring Frontex’s offer for help, and later sent commercial and coast guard ships.
Tragically, the vessel overturned shortly after the coast guard’s arrival, leaving only 104 male survivors. They claimed they were being towed by the coast guard, causing the wreck, but Greek authorities denied any towing happened.
To investigate, Reporters United, Lighthouse Reports, Der Spiegel, Monitor, SIRAJ, El Pais, and The Times collected survivor testimonies to determine the truth. The illustration uses actual Frontex drone footage, images of the drone, the involved coast guard ship, and the sunken boat.