Mediterranean death toll will continue to rise, activists warn after Britain bans refugee rescue ship from sailing

Meanwhile, authorities ignore ResQship’s urgent request for assistance after its sailing ship finds 19 people in distress THE refugee death toll in the central Mediterranean will continue to rise, activists said today after Britain’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) banned a rescue organisation from using one of its ships. German rescue organisation Sea-Watch revealed thisContinue reading “Mediterranean death toll will continue to rise, activists warn after Britain bans refugee rescue ship from sailing”

Europe ignored refugee rescuers’ Mayday calls, activists say

110 people are now cramped aboard the Astral after their boat capsized. With no food or water, the ship sails for Lampedusa THE AUTHORITIES ignored Mayday calls sent by two activist-run refugee rescue ships in the Mediterranean Sea last night as they struggled in the dark to pull 110 people from the water. Two sailingContinue reading “Europe ignored refugee rescuers’ Mayday calls, activists say”

EU ‘putting human lives at risk’ again as 34 refugees continue to wait for assistance

Malta, Italy and Germany dodge responsibility to answer the Nadir’s calls for help EUROPE’S failure to assist refugees in distress at sea came into focus again today as 34 people on board an NGO rescue ship continue to wait for the authorities to come to their aid. Last night, the Nadir, a sailing ship onContinue reading “EU ‘putting human lives at risk’ again as 34 refugees continue to wait for assistance”

Newborn baby among the 189 refugees civilian rescuers have saved in the Mediterranean since Saturday

Three NGO ships — the Ocean Viking, Nadir, and Geo Barents — operate with little to no help from the state authorities CIVILIAN rescuers have saved the lives of close to 189 refugees, including at least 20 unaccompanied children and a newborn baby, in the Mediterranean since Saturday. The rescues were carried out without theContinue reading “Newborn baby among the 189 refugees civilian rescuers have saved in the Mediterranean since Saturday”

Another refugee rescue carried out in Maltese waters without the authorities’ help

Sea-Watch 3 allowed to disembark its 257 survivors, but the 550 aboard the Ocean Viking kept waiting Meanwhile, five people trapped with no food or water between the Lithuania-Belarus border CIVILIAN rescuers in the central Mediterranean were left to save the lives of refugees without any help from the authorities again on Thursday night. AContinue reading “Another refugee rescue carried out in Maltese waters without the authorities’ help”

More than 800 refugees on two rescue ships wait for authorities to allow them to come ashore

The Ocean Viking, Sea-Watch 3, and Nadir wait hours and hours for authorities to help MORE than 800 refugees onboard two civilian-run rescue ships in the central Mediterranean urgently need to come ashore, their rescuers said today — but the European authorities have so far ignored their calls. The Ocean Viking, now carrying 553 survivors,Continue reading “More than 800 refugees on two rescue ships wait for authorities to allow them to come ashore”

European authorities ignored civilian rescuers’ mayday calls while they saved hundreds of refugees at the weekend

500 others still stranded in Malta’s waters, Alarm Phone warns CIVILIAN rescuers saved the lives of over 800 refugees in the central Mediterranean at the weekend with no help from the European authorities, who ignored their mayday calls and helped the Libyan Coastguards return hundreds of people to the war-torn country. The Sea-Watch 3, aContinue reading “European authorities ignored civilian rescuers’ mayday calls while they saved hundreds of refugees at the weekend”

Three-day ordeal over for 86 refugees abandoned by Malta

The Nadir hands over the rescued to the Italian authorities after seeing off the Libyan Coastguard. Meanwhile, the Geo Barents is finally allowed to bring 410 refugees to dry land THE THREE-day ordeal for 86 refugees abandoned by the Maltese maritime authorities as they drifted across the Mediterranean came to an end today when theirContinue reading “Three-day ordeal over for 86 refugees abandoned by Malta”

Germany condemned for introducing new regulations aimed at halting NGO humanitarian ships

EUROPEAN states’ crackdown on NGO refugee rescue ships operating in the Mediterranean and Aegean seas escalated today when three German charities were told that new regulations bar their ships from sailing. The three organisations, Mare Liberum, Mission Lifeline and ResQShip, issued a joint statement torday condemning the German Transport Ministry’s amendment of safety regulations relatingContinue reading “Germany condemned for introducing new regulations aimed at halting NGO humanitarian ships”

Malta finally allows migrants on board the Alan Kurdi to disembark after a ten day stand-off

MALTA has finally agreed this evening to allow an NGO migrant rescue ship with five survivors on board to enter its ports, putting an end to yet another humanitarian stand-off in the Mediterranean Sea. Ten days ago, the Alan Kurdi — a vessel operated by the German charity Sea Eye — rescued 13 young menContinue reading “Malta finally allows migrants on board the Alan Kurdi to disembark after a ten day stand-off”

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