The two boats in danger were reported in the afternoon by the Alarm Phone, the “migrant switchboard”. The Sea-Eye4 humanitarian ship rescues 172 people who were on board two wooden boats
Two dinghies of migrants in danger, two boats rescued by the Sea-Eye4, a small boat that arrived independently in Lampedusa. Today’s “bulletin” in the central Mediterranean oscillates once again between life and death. The two boats in danger were reported in the afternoon by the Alarm Phone, the “migrant switchboard”. One is located in the Sar (search and rescue) area of Malta and has about 85 people on board who departed from a port in western Libya, probably Zuwara. «They are taking on water and the engine is not working well – tweeted Alarm Phone – People are sick and exhausted. We need help now! ».
Even more critical is the situation of another black dinghy located in the Libyan SAR off Al-Khoms, eastern Libya, with about 100 people on board. Also according to the Alarm Phone, the boat was spotted by fishermen who warned the Libyan Coast Guard in the afternoon, but it seems to have no success. In the evening, the NGO announced that a relative of one of the migrants managed to reach one of the occupants of the boat by telephone, thus learning that one of the boat’s tubes is now deflated and that 47 people would have ended up in the sea. It is not known whether they then managed to get back on board or not.
Meanwhile, the humanitarian ship Sea-Eye4, on its first mission in the central Mediterranean, in the afternoon recovered 172 people who were aboard two wooden boats. The German Doctors medical team is visiting the shipwrecked in these hours, two of them needed more urgent care. The double intervention took place in a stretch of sea off western Libya, between Zuwara and Al-Zawiya, where the new ship of the German NGO arrived three days ago. Yesterday the ship crossed a fiberglass boat with two Libyans on board, who were brought to the ship.
The smooth sea, however, favored departures and today a boat with 16 Tunisians, one is a minor, managed to reach Lampedusa where almost 2200 people arrived just a week ago with 21 landings. In recent days, almost all those migrants, from Libya and Tunisia, have been transferred: many on three of the quarantine ships, others with the liners for Sicily. About 200 people remained in the hotspot.
Mini landing today also in Sardinia: 4 Algerians were intercepted by the Financial Police 2 miles from Capo Teulada and escorted to the port of Sant’Antioco.