The humanitarian ship Ocean Viking has helped 203 refugees in the Mediterranean since Thursday

Among those rescued were Libyans, South Sudanese, Egyptians, Gambians, Tunisians and Syrians, and 67 of them were children.

Even this afternoon, the vessel had to help 71 people in the Maltese search waters on an overloaded wooden ship. The refugees sailed from Libya three days ago, but had no water or food on board. When rescuers found them, they were exhausted, four had to be taken on stretchers.

Earlier, Ocean Viking helped three vessels off the coast of Libya. In one case, the refugees were on a boat carrying water and gasoline.

The crew of Ocean Viking helped 236 refugees near Sicily in May, and then the vessel was moored in Naples, where it underwent repairs.

According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), 866 people died on their way to Europe this year while trying to cross the Mediterranean.

SOS Méditerranée operated first the Aquarius and now the Ocean Viking; since 2016, it has saved 30,000 refugees.

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