Ocean Viking, the rescue ship of SOS Mitditerranée, picked up 175 migrants at sea on Saturday.Boats are in troubleOf Libya, announced by a European NGO.
On Saturday morning, Ocean Viking first rescued 57 people aboard a shipBoat in the air“It traveled in international waters outside Libya, the SOS Mediterranean.
In the afternoon, crews carried out two additional rescue operations in the same area: at noon, 54 people, including women, were brought safely from the inflated boat. “Some of the survivors suffered fuel burns», The NGO adds.
Shortly afterwards, 64 people were rescued from the wooden boat, and the number of survivors aboard the rescue ship was 175. At least two of them were pregnant women, 33 minors, and 22 of them were not with them.
At least 1,146 people died at sea as they tried to reach Europe in the first half of 2021, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). SOS Méditerranée claims to have saved more than 30,000 people since February 2016, first Aquarius, then Ocean Viking.