The humanitarian ship is seeking a safe port for the migrants its crew rescued from the Mediterranean Sea.
On Sunday, a humanitarian ship flying the Spanish flag was looking for a safe port for 265 migrants that its crew rescued from the Mediterranean Sea in recent days.
The Open Arms charity tweeted that its ship on Saturday brought safely aboard 96 migrants who had been adrift in a wooden boat without life jackets in international waters. He said the passengers, most of whom were from Eritrea, included two women and 17 minors and suffered from hypothermia.
Second rescue of mission 79 #Open arms finished.
96 people, located adrift in a precarious wooden boat on the high seas #With, are already safe on board, assisted by our medical team.#life # hello2021
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– Open Arms ENG (@openarms_found) January 2, 2021
In a separate operation two days before this rescue, Open Arms took on 169 migrants, who had left the Libyan coast, where many human traffickers are based.
– Open Arms ENG (@openarms_found) January 1, 2021
The traffickers launch boats, many of which are fragile rubber dinghies or rickety fishing boats, filled with migrants who hope to reach European shores to seek asylum.
Some flee conflict or persecution, while several of the hundreds of thousands of migrants rescued at sea in recent years flee poverty and are therefore denied asylum by European Union countries.
Italy and Malta, another EU country, have often refused permission to dock with humanitarian relief boats, saying most migrants want to join their work or family in northern Europe.
Italian and Maltese government authorities have insisted that other European nations do their part.
Open arms had accused governments and authorities frequently “abandon” refugees and migrants who undertake the dangerous sea voyage to reach European coasts, leaving them at sea for days.