Aid group: Ships not willing to save Mediterranean migrants
ROME вЂ” A European aid group says migrants are telling rescuers that several ships passed them by in the Mediterranean Sea without helping.
SOS Mediterranee says Sunday that due to the recent refusal of Italy and Malta to let rescue vessels carrying migrants dock, ships might be unwilling to do rescues вЂњdue to the high risk of being stranded and denied a place of safety.вЂќ
On Friday the groupвЂ™s ship Aquarius rescued 141 people in waters off Libya.
SOS Mediterranee said вЂњin a disturbing development, rescued people told our teams that they encountered five different ships that did not offer them assistance before they were rescued by Aquarius.вЂќ
In June, Aquarius was forced to sail north for days with more than 600 migrants to Spain after Italy and Malta refused it docking permission.