Sea-Watch 3 rescues 47 migrants; 8 unaccompanied minors

The search and rescue vessel Sea-Watch 3 saved 47 migrants from drowning, including eight unaccompanied minors.

In a statement, Sea-Watch said that less than 24 hours earlier, more than 100 people lost their lives after the boat they were on sunk. This was said based on what three migrants saved by the Italian fleet said.

The 47 people were rescued from a dinghy after encountering dangerous conditions in international waters in the North of Zuwara in Libya. These were picked up by Sea-Watch 3 and given the necessary treatment.

The Head of Operations about Sea-Watch 3, Kim Heaton-Heather said that when the European Union does not want to save anyone, neither cooperate, there are only a few volunteers doing everything they can to save lives and defend human rights at sea.

The organisation said that after waiting 19 days waiting for safe port to the 32 people it rescued in December, which were eventually disembarked in Malta, it is once again asking for help from European countries to give safe port to this new group of migrants.

Yesterday, the organisation’s plane called Moonbird heard the distress call of a boat that was half-sunk. According to the NGO, the Italian Maritime Rescue Centre refused to give information about the concerned people, which insisting that these fall under the Maritime Rescue Centre in Tripoli which also refused to cooperate.

According to three migrants rescued by the Italian fleet, the vessel left Libya with 120 people on board, but there are seemingly only three survivors.