In just the past 48 hours,three boatloads of migrants and refugees have run into trouble off the Libyan coast.
Around 300 people were rescued by the Coast Guard, tired and cold, but alive.Dozens more have perished in the winter waters of the Mediterranean.
But for those who have survived, relief is short-lived.
It’s unclear what will happen to them in Libya, a country with a growing slave trade and in which lawless fighting groups have helped create a transit and people smuggling hub.
Last summer, Italian television filmed these pictures, apparently showing Libyan border guards firing at rubber dinghies packed with people and forcing survivors ashore at gunpoint.
This,after the European Union prevailed on Libya to help stop the seabourn influx.
After receiving a call from the fishing vessel about the presence of a migrant boat, we headed to the site and found the boat dilapidated.
We found about 16 people alive, unfortunately the rest of them were missing.
At least 3,000 people died last year, trying to reach Europe by crossing the Mediterranean,flimsy vessels provided by people smugglers proving no match for the high seas.
We tried to search for them,thinking that maybe we might find the migrants alive, but unfortunately we did not even find bodies. The sea was very rough.
Already the signs are that 2018 will be no different.