Humanitarian NGO Alarmphone has reported that a vessel with 65 migrants on board is seeking refuge in Malta’s search and rescue zone. It has been alleged that one of the migrants has died.
On their social media, the NGO said that it alerted Maltese and Italian authorities last night, however, it was to no avail. The migrants have been at sea for around 57 hours, and with strong winds and thunderstorms being forecasted in the coming days, the NGO has once again appealed for the authorities to take action.
Migrants held on oil tanker transferred to NGO rescue vessel
In a separate case, the same NGO announced that the longest stand-off in history has come to an end, as the 27 people on board of Etienne have been transferred to NGO Mediterranea Saving Humans’ vessel Mare Jonio. They are now looking for a safe port.
The NGO has condemned Malta’s behaviour, insisting that its behaviour vis-à-vis the rescued will go down as having caused the longest stand-off in history – “a shameful record to hold.”