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NGO ship rescued 30 distressd migrants and was arrested in Italy
The "Mare Jonio" reached the waters of Lampedusa with 30 rescued migrants on board on May 10 and asked for permission to disembark them. Among the migrants werefive children and two pregnant women. They were rescued frmo a rubber boat 40 miles off the Libyan coast. The Italian Finance police put the "Mare Jonio" under sequester on May 10. The finance police boarded the ship to carry out a checkafter theship entered Italian waters and found evidence of offences. The ship was then allowed to enter the port of Lampedusa to be put under sequester.
Rescue ship detained by Italian Coastguard
The "Mare Jonio" was detained by the Italian Coastguard on April 19, 2019, allegedly not meeting the requirements for rescue operations nor the safety of its crew. Following an unspecified failure to a generator it was inspected to verify the safety conditions of navigatio and to validate again the possible certification necessary for navigation in the Mediterranean waters, in the port of Marsala by the Coast Guard after its arrival on April 19. During the inspection some deficiencies were identified. In addition, a penalty for irregularities was imposed. In March, the "Mare Jonio" had rescued 49 refugees off the Libyan coast and tooke them to Lampedusa, where the ship was temporarily confiscated.
NGO ship de-sequestered
Italian prosecutors on March 27 released the "Mare Jonio" after police carried out all necessary controls. The ship, run by Italian migrant rescue NGO Mediterranea, was seized a week ago after it saved 50 migrants 46 miles off Libya and took them to Lampedusa. The captain and the NGO staff were under investigation for allegedly favouring clandestine immigration.News schreiben