Banksy boat res­cue

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More than 200 refugees and mi­grants from Libya had to be res­cued from a boat funded by Bri­tish street artist Banksy. The crew of the Louise Michel called for as­sis­tance due to over­crowd­ing and fears that the ves­sel could cap­size. Italy’s coast­guard took the 49 most vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple, and the rest were picked up later. The boat, which is dec­o­rated in Banksy’s trade­mark style, had suc­cess­fully car­ried out its previous mis­sions. There is no safe harbour for res­cue boats in the area, due to dis­putes over who is re­spon­si­ble for mi­grants.

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