Some 500 Syrian would be immigrants arrive aboard the Ezadeen ship at Corigliano harbor on January 2, 2015. (AFP/Alfonso di Vincenzo)
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ROME: Smugglers who bring migrants to Europe by sea appear to have adopted a new, more dangerous tactic: cramming hundreds of them onto a large cargo ship, setting it on an automated course to crash into the coast, and then abandoning the helm.In the latest such incident, the cargo ship Ezadeen was stopped with about 450 migrants aboard after smugglers sent it speeding toward the coast in rough seas with no one in command.Two days earlier, the Blue Sky M, a Moldovan-flagged cargo ship carrying about 800 migrants, was similarly abandoned by smugglers who locked the ship on automatic pilot and set it on a collision course for a stretch of Italy's southern coast, authorities said.It was not clear in either case if the smugglers jumped ship.In November, Greek authorities rescued nearly 600 migrants from a 70-meter cargo ship that lost engine power off the Greek island of Crete.
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