Sea-Eye 4 Rescued More Than 300 Boat Migrants | Free press


Many migrants are still trying to get to Europe from North Africa via the central Mediterranean. A German rescue ship has now picked up hundreds.

Rome (dpa) – According to the German private operator, the auxiliary vessel “Sea-Eye 4” has taken on board about 330 boat migrants in the Mediterranean in a short time. The Sea-Eye organization wrote on Twitter on Monday.

“On its fifth mission, the crew rescued 99 people, most of whom claim to be from Syria,” he said. Civilian rescue workers at sea had already reported on relief missions in recent days. Most boat migrants left for Italy in small boats from Libya and Tunisia. Many of them end up in life-threatening situations on the poorly equipped boats.

Among the people brought aboard the ship on Sunday were children, an eight-month-old baby and a pregnant woman, Sea-Eye reported.

The ship “Sea-Eye 4” of the association founded in Regensburg in 2015 began rescuing migrants in distress in the Mediterranean at the beginning of this month. The mission is supported by United4Rescue, the civilian sea rescue alliance, and the aid organization German Doctors.

More than 550 people have died trying to cross the central Mediterranean this year, according to the UN. More than 2,000 refugees recently arrived on the Italian island of Lampedusa over a weekend.

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