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Italy is still ignoring Ocean Viking rescue ship, leaving 180 shipwrecked stuck at sea

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Report. On Wednesday, the SOS Méditerranée vessel asked for the fifth time for a safe port, and there was once again no answer, either from Valletta or from Rome.

written by Adriana Pollice

Topic Refugees

July 3, 2020

The Ocean Viking, a rescue vessel operated by the NGO SOS Méditerranee, has been waiting for a safe port of landing since June 26. Over five days, it has conducted four consecutive rescues, and now there are 180 shipwrecked people on board (including two women).

The last operation took place on Tuesday night, 40 miles south of Lampedusa: 16 migrants were in peril on a fiberglass boat after days of sailing. In this case, the rescue operation took place under the coordination of the Italian authorities. On the same day, there had been another rescue during the late afternoon: 47 migrants on a boat in the Maltese search and rescue area, all severely dehydrated because they had been adrift for four or five days without water since their departure from Libya.

However, on Wednesday, the SOS........

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