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Re: Do not pick up illegal migrants in the Med!

Originally Posted by Seaman_3rdClass View Post
Whereas folks who sail on inland lakes/in Canada and have zero chances of encountering migrant boats, are more apt to claim that they could never pass one without offering assistance
There is a grey area here. One could stand off a distance, call for third party assistance and monitor the situation.

That satisfies both camps, you provide assistance in the form of communication, tracking and reassurance, while at the same time not unduly endangering your vessel.

This type of assistance is pretty common. Ships come to the aid of other vessels and yachts from time to time, but are unable to render direct assistance due to sea state or maneuverability or some other challenge but do stand by until a more suitable rescue vessel arrives.
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