64 asylum seekers rescued by Sea-Eye off the Libyan coast


Civil search and rescue NGO Sea-Eye announced that it has rescued 64 asylum seekers off Libya using their vessel Alan Kurdi.

The NGO said that all 64 persons including ten women and six children are safe aboard their ship.

The alert came after the migrants phoned Alarm Phone service saying their boat was in trouble off Zuwarah. In a tweet, Alarm Phone said that this case showed again the importance of having a civil fleet carrying out rescue operations in the absence of state actors off Libya. Alarm Phone explained that they attempted to make contact with the relevant authorities however these were unavailable after Alarm Phone received a second call requesting medical assistance. Both Sea-Eye and the Libyan Coast Guard received the coordinates by email from Alarm Phone.

The Alan Kurdi was in the area searching for another boat with 50 people on board that is believed to have disappeared.

Sea-Eye posted a Facebook video on the rescue operation.

Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has already announced that Italy refused to grant a safe port to Alan Kurdi, saying that since the NGO is German, the captain too, while the ship flies a German flag, then it should disembark the migrants in Germany.