un·​sea·​wor·​thy | \ ˌən-ˈsē-ˌwər-t͟hē How to pronounce unseaworthy (audio) \

Definition of unseaworthy

: not fit for a sea voyage : not seaworthy an unseaworthy vessel

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Libya is a hub for migrants and refugees, many of whom try to reach Europe in unseaworthy boats. Reuters, The Mercury News, "Worst Mediterranean shipwreck of year; 115 feared dead," 25 July 2019 He and Dance planned to sail away and live the rest of their days abroad, but the boat was unseaworthy after years of neglect. Jordan Runtagh, PEOPLE.com, "The Most Interesting Man in Rock: How David Crosby Survived Everything — and Lived to Sing About It," 24 July 2019 Authorities in Morocco reported that a Royal Navy vessel rescued another 330 migrants Friday trying to cross the Strait of Gibraltar in unseaworthy boats. Washington Post, "The Latest: Morocco reports weekend rescues of 271 migrants," 9 July 2019 However, the coast guards of the two countries also carry out rescues of migrants on the often unseaworthy vessels people smugglers launch from Libya. Frank Jordans, BostonGlobe.com, "Rescue ship captain held in Italy attracts donors, criticism," 30 June 2019 Roughly one of every six migrants who set out in traffickers’ unseaworthy boats from Libya perished at sea last month, UN refugee agency officials said on Friday. Frances D’emilio, BostonGlobe.com, "UN: June saw ‘exceptional’ rate of deaths in sea off Libya," 6 July 2018 Driven by violent conflicts and extreme poverty, hundreds of thousands of migrants have reached southern Europe in recent years by crossing the Mediterranean in smugglers’ boats that often are unseaworthy. Frances D'emilio, The Seattle Times, "Migrants are saved, but stranded at sea by Italian politics," 10 June 2018 The crew of the Aquarius also pulled 229 migrants from the water or from traffickers' unseaworthy boats Saturday night, including 123 unaccompanied minors and seven pregnant women. NBC News, "Hundreds of migrants stranded in Mediterranean as Italy, Malta close ports," 11 June 2018 The rescue ship’s crew itself pulled 229 migrants from the water or from traffickers’ unseaworthy boats Saturday night, including 123 unaccompanied minors and seven pregnant women. Time, "Italy's New Populist Government Blocks Rescue Ship Carrying 600 Migrants From Docking," 10 June 2018

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First Known Use of unseaworthy

1820, in the meaning defined above

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