Ocean Viking Rescuers Pick Up Hundreds Of Migrants Off Libya
Muhammad Irfan 1 month ago Sat 23rd January 2021 | 05:20 PM
Marseille, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 23rd Jan, 2021 ) :Over 350 migrants have been rescued off the Libyan coast by the Ocean Viking humanitarian vessel in just two days, a French NGO running the boat said on Saturday.
SOS Mediterranee said that "106 people were rescued ... in international waters 28 nautical miles (50 kms) from the Libyan coast" on Friday evening.
Since Thursday, a total of 374 people have been rescued by the Ocean Viking, of whom 165 are children, SOS Mediterranee said.
A total of 131 minors are unaccompanied.
They mostly end up in detention, often in horrific conditions.
Ocean Viking is currently the sole rescue ship run by an NGO in the area, according to SOS Mediterranee's head, Sophie Beau, who said "the others have been blocked by Italian authorities like the Ocean Viking earlier".
More than 1,200 died last year while trying to cross the Mediterranean.