Updated: Aquarius’ crew barred from entering Malta; on their way to Marseille

Aquarius’ crew is on its way to Marseille after the Maltese authorities have prevented them from entering Malta.

Officials of the NGO SOS Mediterranee, who are operating the vessel, said this was not ideal because it will distance them from the search and rescue area for a longer period.

Newsbook.com.mt contacted an officer aboard Aquarius, the vassel which had 629 immigrants on board, and said that the crew was not given a reason for not being admitted into Maltese port. This request was made to store new supplies and to change the crew team.

In a tweet, NGO SOS Mediterranee said that Aquarius’ crew cannot understand this decision as thus changed their route to go to the north of the Mediterranean.