Some of the migrants had already been on the ship for a good week and a half while waiting for a safe port to be assigned. The people had previously been brought on board in several rescues.
On Sunday evening, the “Ocean Viking” was then assigned to Pozzallo on the southern tip of the island as a port of call. The sea rescuers tweeted pictures of the ship, which showed how happy the people on board were.
The volunteers of the German organization Sea-Watch brought more than 80 migrants in distress in the Mediterranean Sea to safety on Monday night, as Sea-Watch announced on Monday. The crew of their new boat “Aurora”, a former ship of the British organization Royal National Lifeboat Institution, therefore requested a safe harbor from the Italian authorities in order to bring people ashore.
Many people from Africa dare the dangerous crossing across the Mediterranean to Malta or Italy because they hope for a better life in the EU. They are often in distress in overcrowded and unseaworthy boats. The civil sea rescuers criticize the states for not taking care of the migrants.