(Marseille) The Ocean Viking, SOS Méditerranée’s rescue ship at sea, took in 175 migrants on Saturday who were on “boats in distress” off Libya, the European NGO said.
Posted July 31, 2021 at 1:00 pm
On Saturday morning, the Ocean Viking rescued 57 people for the first time on board an “inflatable boat in distress” that was sailing in international waters off Libya, announced SOS Mediterranean.
In the afternoon, the crew then carried out two more rescues in the same area: around noon, 54 people, including women, were brought to safety from a rubber dinghy. “Some of the survivors suffered from fuel burns,” adds the NGO.
A little later, 64 more people were rescued from a wooden boat, bringing the number of survivors on board the rescue ship to 175. Among them are at least two pregnant women and 33 minors, 22 of whom are unaccompanied.
According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), at least 1,146 people died at sea trying to reach Europe in the first half of 2021.
SOS Méditerranée claims to have saved more than 30,000 people since February 2016, first with the Aquarius, then with the Ocean Viking.