Update - HMS Bulwark has been involved in a rescue mission saving around 1,000 migrants found in three boats in the seas off Libya— Sky News Newsdesk (@SkyNewsBreak) June 7, 2015
But it would appear that there are many out there who seem to think such a noble act is the height of bad manners.
Like this guy...
@SkyNewsBreak Superglue some bricks to their hands and throw em overboard.— Prof. Guy Ashton (@GuyAshton1) June 7, 2015
And this one...
@SkyNewsBreak let them drown— Óglaigh na hÉireann (@MrByrnes) June 7, 2015
#HMSBulwark rescue them sink there ship and return all of them to there own country europe will change forever if this continues— Scott (@scottavfc9) June 7, 2015
Hope it didn't get there too quickly! @SkyNewsBreak— Chris lc smith (@theraffleboy) June 7, 2015
And it wasn't just Sky followers making their feelings known.
@Channel4News Send them back! We can't afford anymore bloody migrants 😒 They're taking the piss!— Shona Atkinson (@ShonaAtkinson3) June 7, 2015ADVERTISEMENT
Of course there is a debate to be had about immigration and where British taxes are spent but perhaps now is not the time.
@SkyNewsBreak Nice to see we're getting good value from our taxes then!— Malc Smith (@malcphilipsmith) June 7, 2015
You can't be serious mate— Colin Simpson (@simotrfc) June 7, 2015
I sincerely hope all 1,000 migrants are given jobs paying £12 an hour and free housing here. Ahead of war veterans too x @SkyNewsBreak— Arjan (@arjan____) June 7, 2015
@SkyNewsBreak Mistake - these people should be being rescued by African and Middle Eastern countries— Vanessa Frost (@aeon456) June 7, 2015
While people argue over who should rescue them, or if they should be given assistance at all, the fact remains that thousands of migrants drown trying to reach Europe every month.
Last week HMS Bulwark rescued another 747 people off Libya's coast.
@SkyNewsBreak Now take them to Tripoli and unload them— Steve Armstrong (@SArmstrong58) June 7, 2015
David Cameron has spoken about the operations at the G7 world leaders' summit in Germany.
He said: "Britain is a country that doesn't walk on by. We're a country with a conscience.
"But we also need to do more to stop these people leaving their countries in the first place.
"That's what we're using our aid budget for, that's what we'll be talking about at the G7, how we try and put a Libyan government together."
Last month over 700 migrants drowned in one incident after their boat capsized.