Rescue boat with hundreds of migrants asks EU to look for a port


Rome — A charity asked the European Union on Tuesday to find a port that could be docked to drop hundreds of migrants who recently rescued in the central Mediterranean.

The SOS Mediterranee organization said that after welcoming them in six operations in the search and rescue areas of Malta and Libya, about 572 people, including 183 minors, are currently on board the Ocean Viking ship.

The group said maritime authorities did not support the operation and called on the European Union to intervene.

“We are calling on the EU to coordinate the disembarkation of at least 572 survivors currently on board our vessels,” he said in a statement.

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Immigrants will rest on an Ocean Viking after being rescued during a Search and Rescue (SAR) operation in the Mediterranean on July 5, 2021. (Distribution via Flavio Gasperini / SOS Mediterranee / Reuters)

The statement did not provide details about where the vessel was, but the marinetraffic.com website provided a location between Malta and Sicily.

Departures of migrant vessels from North Africa to Europe increased in 2021 after a decline in the last few years.

A large number of migrants have recently died as they attempted to cross the Mediterranean to reach Italy, one of the main routes to Europe, after the wreck.

Angelo Amante

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