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    Did Migrants Reject Help Before Deadly Greek Wreck, or Beg for it? Coast Guard, Activists Disagree

    Did Migrants Reject Help Before Deadly Greek Wreck, or Beg for it? Coast Guard, Activists Disagree

    This much is clear: On June 9, an old steel fishing trawler left eastern for Italy, carrying far too many people.

    As many as 750 men, women and children from , , the Palestinian territories and Pakistan were on board, fleeing hopelessness in their home countries and trying to reach relatives in Europe.

    Five days later, the trawler sank off the coast of in one of the deepest parts of the Mediterranean Sea. Only 104 people, all men, survived. The remains of 78 people were recovered.

    There are still more questions than answers about what led up to one of the worst shipwrecks in recent Mediterranean history.

    Activists, migration experts and opposition politicians have criticized Greek authorities for not acting earlier to rescue the migrants, even though a coast guard vessel escorted the trawler for hours and watched helplessly as it sank.

    Below is a timeline of events based on reports from Greek authorities, a commercial ship, and activists who said they were in touch with passengers. They describe sequences of events that at times converge, but also differ in key ways.

    The Greek coast guard said that the overcrowded trawler was moving steadily toward Italy, refusing almost all assistance, until minutes before it sank. This is in part supported by the account of a merchant tanker that was nearby.

    But activists said that people on board were in danger and made repeated pleas for help more than…

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