370 Rescued Migrants Get Go-ahead To Disembark In Sicily: NGO
Muhammad Irfan 1 month ago Mon 25th January 2021 | 09:00 AM
Marseille, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 25th Jan, 2021 ) :Over 370 migrants will be allowed to disembark on the Italian island of Sicily, after being rescued off the Libyan coast by the Ocean Viking humanitarian vessel ,the group which runs the boat said Sunday.
"Big relief on board tonight as the #OceanViking was assigned a Place of Safety in Augusta, Sicily," the SOS Mediterranee group tweeted. "We are humbled by the resilience of the people we rescued this week, and deeply touched by the stories they shared with us," added the humanitarian group which added that the rescue ship would arrive in Sicily on Monday morning.
There was no immediate confirmation from the Italian coastguard.
The group includes 165 children, most of them unaccompanied.
The NGO's calls to Libyan officials went unheeded and "we then asked Maltese and Italian maritime authorities for help", the European NGO said Saturday, warning that the weather at sea was worsening.
Ocean Viking is currently the sole rescue ship run by an NGO in the area, according to SOS Mediterranee's head, Sophie Beau.
More than 1,200 died last year while trying to cross the Mediterranean.