Charity boat rescues 50 migrants in sea off Libya
ABOARD THE OCEAN VIKING — Humanitarian groups SOS Mediterranee and Doctors Without Borders rescued 50 migrants Sunday from a rubber dinghy off Libya’s coast and brought them aboard their charity ship, Ocean Viking.
A journalist aboard the Norwegian-flagged Ocean Viking witnessed the rescue of a pregnant woman, 12 minors and 37 men, all from subSaharan Africa.
Libyan authorities, responsible for search and rescue in that area of the Mediterranean, didn’t answer multiple contact attempts by Ocean Viking. Authorities in Rome and Malta, when contacted, referred Ocean Viking to their Libyan counterparts. A nearby fishing vessel didn’t respond to contact.
A European Union plane from Operation Sophia overflew Ocean Viking, the dinghy and the fishing boat multiple times before the people were rescued.