unseaworthy

adjective
un·​sea·​wor·​thy | \ˌən-ˈsē-ˌwər-t͟hē \

Definition of unseaworthy 

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

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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 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. Frances D'emilio, The Seattle Times, "Migrants are saved, but stranded at sea by Italian politics," 10 June 2018 Hundreds died at sea due to a combination of lack of supplies, stormy seas and unseaworthy vessels. Anita Rachman, WSJ, "U.N. Warns More Rohingya Boats May Be in Danger at Sea," 6 Apr. 2018 The case comes amid strong reluctance in Italy to take in any more of the migrants who human traffickers launch toward Europe in unseaworthy boats. Washington Post, "Spanish aid group fears migrant trafficking charges in Italy," 19 Mar. 2018 Most cross in rickety inflatable boats or other unseaworthy vessels. Washington Post, "Greece: 16 migrants die as smuggling boat sinks in Aegean," 17 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of unseaworthy

1820, in the meaning defined above

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