180 migrants and no port to dock
. The tension aboard the Ocean Viking
, the ship of the NGO Sos Méditerranée, which has been stopping in international waters between Malta and Italy since Sunday. Two passengers, writes the organization on Twitter, “jumped into the sea” and were “immediately rescued”. Since this morning many have been threatening to jump into the sea. “We sent five requests
– report Frédéric Penard
, director of operations of Sos Mediterranee – to the Italian and Maltese maritime authorities for a port of landing and we have received only two negative responses
till now”. All migrants, rescuers say, need immediate assistance.
The people were recovered in four different operations. The first on June 25, led to the rescue of 51 migrants, including a pregnant woman, the last on the night between Tuesday and Wednesday when the NGO recovered 16 people who were on “a fiberglass boat in danger at 40 miles south of Lampedusa “. “Some of the survivors are in precarious conditions at sea for 8 days. The situation is unbearable “, explains the French NGO.
Among the 180 of Ocean Viking – of 13 different nationalities – there are 2 women, including one pregnant, and 25 minors, 17 of which are unaccompanied. Many, the ship said, “have sunburns and fuel”. Precisely because of poor health conditions, the Italian Coast Guard evacuated one of the migrants three days ago. “What happened to the Malta Agreement for the relocation of rescued migrants?” – asks Penard – the support of EU states has made a difference in the past. It doesn’t have to stop now. ”
Meanwhile, the situation has also been commented on by the European Commission. “It depends on the Member States and that is why we encourage them to cooperate closely to find solutions in the Mediterranean,” said a spokesman responding to a journalist who asked for comments on the story. “We continue to keep in close contact with the Member States,” he added.
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