Seven years since Alan Kurdi’s tragic death, the Mediterranean and Aegean seas have become a mass graveyard

Activist tell The Civil Fleet how the situation for the people at Fortress Europe’s walls has only got worse since the two-year-old boy’s lifeless body was seen across the world IN THE seven years since the tragic death of the two-year-old Syrian-Kurdish boy Alan Kurdi, the Mediterranean and Aegean seas have become a mass graveyard,Continue reading “Seven years since Alan Kurdi’s tragic death, the Mediterranean and Aegean seas have become a mass graveyard”

Malta abandons 80 people in distress in its search-and-rescue area

The island nation orders merchant vessel not to help them. Meanwhile, over 700 rescued refugees on two NGO ships wait for land MALTA has abandoned about 60 to 80 people stranded within in its Mediterranean search-and-rescue (SAR) area today and ordered a merchant vessel not to help them, activists have warned. Alarm Phone, an activistContinue reading “Malta abandons 80 people in distress in its search-and-rescue area”

Refugees attempt to jump overboard as European authorities leave them stranded at sea for over a week

MSF, SOS Mediterranean and Sea-Watch call on European states to resume search-and-rescue missions as thousands continue to flee Libya TWO refugees aboard an NGO ship have attempted to throw themselves into the Mediterranean Sea, their rescuers said today as the European authorities fail to act on 13 requests for a safe port. The Geo Barents,Continue reading “Refugees attempt to jump overboard as European authorities leave them stranded at sea for over a week”

Geo Barents saves hundreds of refugees in just over 24 hours

Meanwhile, the authorities refuse to aid over 800 others aboard the Sea-Watch 3 and Ocean Viking A CIVILIAN rescue ship has saved the lives of over 200 people in the central Mediterranean in less than 48 hours, while the authorities continue to ignore over 800 refugees aboard two other vessels. The Geo Barents, operated byContinue reading “Geo Barents saves hundreds of refugees in just over 24 hours”

A day for ‘sadness and rage’ as pregnant woman dies and 22 others go missing at Europe’s deadly Mediterranean border

MSF’s Geo Barents rescue ship pulls 71 people from shipwreck RESCUERS reacted with “sadness and rage” today following news of the death of a pregnant woman and 22 others in the central Mediterranean yesterday. The Geo Barents rescue ship came upon a sinking rubber boat in the evening after her crew was alerted to aContinue reading “A day for ‘sadness and rage’ as pregnant woman dies and 22 others go missing at Europe’s deadly Mediterranean border”

One-year-old baby and 294 refugees still waiting to be allowed to come ashore 8 days after rescue

The maritime authorities ignore the Ocean Viking’s 10 requests for a port of safety A ONE-YEAR-OLD baby is among 295 refugees aboard a charity-operated rescue ship that is still waiting for a safe port eight days after they were saved from a watery grave. The Ocean Viking rescue ship has been sailing in the centralContinue reading “One-year-old baby and 294 refugees still waiting to be allowed to come ashore 8 days after rescue”

131 refugee lives saved as further evidence of Mediterranean pushbacks emerge

Meanwhile, in Britain, campaigners launch legal challenge against government’s ‘medieval-style Rwanda banishment’ plans ACTIVIST rescuers saved a further 131 people in the central Mediterranean today, as more signs of illegal refugee pushbacks were discovered. The activist-run Ocean Viking rescue ship carried out what it described as a difficult operation in three-metre high waves in theContinue reading “131 refugee lives saved as further evidence of Mediterranean pushbacks emerge”

Activist-rescuers save the lives of 171 refugees in central Mediterranean

Meanwhile, 17 die in shipwreck off Tunisia RESCUERS have prevented 171 refugees from drowning in the central Mediterranean this weekend. European charity SOS Mediterranee announced this afternoon that the crew aboard its rescue ship Ocean Viking had picked up 70 people from a deflating rubber boat in international waters off Libya. “A Libyan patrol vesselContinue reading “Activist-rescuers save the lives of 171 refugees in central Mediterranean”

Civilian rescuers save 247 lives in less than 48 hours in the Mediterranean

CIVILIAN rescuers saved hundreds of lives in the central Mediterranean in less than 48 hours at the weekend. The Ocean Viking, a ship operated by European charity SOS Mediterranee and the International Federation of the Red Cross [IFRC], is now carrying 247 survivors after completing a fifth rescue operation today. The IFRC said today thatContinue reading “Civilian rescuers save 247 lives in less than 48 hours in the Mediterranean”

Italy detains Ocean Viking refugee rescue ship on a technicality

THE ITALIAN authorities have detained a charity-run refugee rescue ship for the second time in just over a year. European charity SOS Mediterranee announced yesterday that the Italian port state authorities have barred its ship, the Ocean Viking, from leaving the port of Tripani on the island of Sicily on a technicality. Following an 11-hourContinue reading “Italy detains Ocean Viking refugee rescue ship on a technicality”

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