This morning, our shift team received a confirmation about the safe
arrival of 150 people on Lampedusa. Some of them made it with the
assistance of the Italian coastguard.
We were contacted by one of the boats that carried 27 people, including
8 women and 6 children. The boat departed from Zuwarah in the early
evening on Wednesday.
According to Mare Junio (the rescue vessel operated by Italian NGO
Mediterranea Saving Humans), the information was relayed to the
responsible authorities on Wednesday. However the authorities reacted to
the distress call with a delay of 9 hours:
„the Maltese and Italian authorities didn’t coordinate
within those 9 hours nor issued any warning for the entire period of
These people had to endure the unimaginable horrors of being on a rubber
boat for more than 30 hours in the high seas.
We want to stress once again that because of the current European
repressive border regime, the rescue activities are always delayed,
putting travelers under extreme danger, which is unacceptable.“
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