“We need a port right away,” they said from the ship launching a call for help on Friday afternoon. at the time of the declaration of the state of emergency.
Since June 25, 180 people have been rescued at sea – The latest immigration tragedy begins on June 25 when Ocean Viking sees a wooden boat in difficulty off the coast of Lampedusa, which is immediately rescued: 51 people are thus rescued. An hour later the ship intercepts another boat, 40 miles south of the island, rescuing 67 other people. Four days later, on June 30, another 63 migrants were recovered who were on two drifting boats in the Sartese Sar area. In total 180 people, including 25 minors (17 unaccompanied) and two women, one of whom is five months pregnant. On 29 June there was a medical evacuation of a migrant: a man was brought ashore by a patrol boat of the Italian Coast Guard. Then, the silence of the authorities of Italy and Malta, with the ship of Sos Mediterranée waiting for a response after the seven requests for assignment of the Pos, the safe harbor where to disembark.
Despair and anger on board – In the last hours the situation worsens, with Sos Mediterranée denouncing the desperation of many migrants on board, until the declaration of the state of emergency after the suicide attempts, with two migrants who threw themselves overboard Thursday, fortunately recovered again in life from the rescue teams. Three others attempted to jump but were blocked by teammates and crew. Finally on Friday the volunteers rescued a man who tried to hang himself and quelled a fight among the people on board.