When the image of toddler Aylan Kurdi's dead body washed up on a beach after such a boat capsizing in 2015, went global the world hung its head in shame and a flurry of activity followed.
There were many promises from world leaders but Friday's sad news illustrates the grim reality of life for refugees in our 21st Century.
Promises of increasing refugee numbers into countries fell by the wayside amid fears that terrorists would sneak in with the asylum seekers. The Paris attacks including the deadly Bataclan theatre mass murders seemed to indicate that had already happened.
But a convenient Syrian passport found at one of the incidents increased conspiracy theories; would a passport be intact and in place for the authorities to simply pick up after such a terrorist attack?
It is impossible not to be moved by images of young children, parents and elder individuals trudging across countries and continents in the middle of winter; hoping for a better life how many die on the journey, are refused sanctuary or end up in camps like 'the jungle' at Calais?
Some remain unmoved by the plight of others and well-known British big-mouth Katie Hopkins was one. When Aylan died the Huffington Post noted "A vehemently anti-migrant column penned by Sun columnist Katie Hopkins, which saw her invite the media to show her “bodies floating in water”, has resurfaced amid heartbreaking images of a drowned Syrian toddler washed up on a Turkish beach" but she was unrepentant.
But people like Hopkins are few and far between; she makes her money being controversial, favours right-wing politics and has no standards as long as she can make money and stay in the limelight.
Apprehended after walking most of the tunnel, which is 31 miles long in total, he was due to appear at Medway magistrate’s court Thursday.
Charges against him are "causing an obstruction to an engine or a carriage using the railway, under the Malicious Damage Act 1861."
Out on the Mediterranean Sea more rescue vessels have been called on to help other 'migrant boats' in peril since the tragic sinking Wednesday.
In Sicily 370 survivors of Wednesday's migrant ship were on board the Irish navy ship LE Niamh which docked at Palermo. The Irish navy vessel was also carrying 25 corpses, including three children. The dead will be laid to rest unnamed.
The unsafe boat got into difficulty 15 miles from the coast of Libya and rescue ships hurried to the area. But with Libya in a state of instability there was never any hope of returning those on board back to dry land in that country.
Instead they were taken across to Sicily the nearest place of 'hope'.
Reuters reports Palermo mayor Leoluca said "We are witnessing a genocide caused by European selfishness."
Fears about possible terrorists, Ebola carriers and more fuel the reluctance to give these desperate people a home. The rise of the far-right in some European countries and the associated anti-immigration sentiments that follow do not help either.
Among those who arrived in Palermo this week were young children, toddlers, and most had already faced a long perilous and terrifying journey before they arrived in Libya.
COBRA can meet as many times as it likes but without some real action the sight of desperate people risking all to get to Europe and in some cases the U.K. will continue.
And unless Libya can achieve some stability it will play an integral part in migrant desperation.