The rescue ship “Sea-Eye 4” of the German aid organizations Sea-Eye and Mission Lifeline was allowed to dock with more than 800 people on board in Trapani, Sicily. And the Italian authorities decided, Saturday, after the ship had been waiting for the assignment of a safe port since Thursday. According to Sea-Eye, more than 200 minors and five pregnant women were among those rescued from the Mediterranean. He is expected to arrive in Trapani on Sunday.
“We are relieved and excited that the difficult hours for our crew and the rescued people will end on Sunday and that people will finally be safe in Italy,” said Jordan Isler, President of Sea-Eye, at the same time. “Appalled” about “Malta’s failure to provide assistance.” The island nation did not respond to emergency calls during the week.
Over 800 migrants rescued
CI4 rescued more than 800 migrants in several movements from Tuesday to Wednesday evening. About half of it was taken from a packed wooden boat into which the water was already entering. After no reaction from Malta, the island of Lampedusa was destined. The Regensburg Association ship was not allowed to dock there. As the opportunities in Sicily were appreciated and the weather was poor, the ship continued on its way towards Sicily. I crossed there in front of the port city of Agrigento on Saturday until the authorities agreed to Trapani.
On Saturday, Mission Lifeline’s “Rise Above” provided the “Sea-Eye 4” plane with food and blankets. “We currently receive more support from the small Dresden maritime rescue organization Mission Lifeline than all of the EU countries combined,” Isler complained while awaiting permission from Italy.
In addition to the “Sea-Eye 4”, the “Ocean Viking” of the European aid organization SOS Mediterranee is currently used in the central Mediterranean between southern Italy, Malta and North Africa. The ship says it has 314 survivors on board.
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