Sea Watch rescues another 73 migrants and awaits authorization to dock


A ship belonging to the German non-governmental organization Sea Watch this Saturday rescued 73 migrants from an inflatable boat, bringing to 193 the number of people on board who have been saved in the Mediterranean in recent days.

After the operation this Saturday to rescue the boat that was adrift and that was carrying several pregnant women, Sea Watch is now awaiting authorization from a country to dock, according to the EFE agency.

The organization made headlines on social networks that continue to monitor the waters in the central Mediterranean area, should it be necessary to provide assistance to more migrants, and denounced that, in recent days, its vessel “Sea Watch 4” was the target of intimidation by the a Libyan Coast Guard patrol, despite being in international waters.

The rescue of these 73 people was the fourth in recent days, after two other boats – one with 24 and the other with 86 migrants – were rescued on Thursday, and several people were pulled out of the water.

The vessel “Geo Barents”, from the Médecins Sans Frontières organization, also concluded today its landing in Sicily, after receiving authorization from Italy, of the 186 migrants rescued on Tuesday and the bodies of ten people found dead by suffocation at the bottom of one of the boats.

Tens of thousands of people try to reach Europe, crossing the Mediterranean Sea from Libya or Tunisia, usually to reach Italy.

This trip is extremely dangerous, as at least 1,236 people have already died this year during the crossing, against 858 in the same period in 2020, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

More than 59,000 asylum seekers have arrived on the Italian coast this year, 50% more than last year, but far from the numbers of those who risked their lives on fragile smugglers’ boats between 2014 and 2017.


Source: Renascença – Noticias by rr.sapo.pt.

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