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Malta hampers rescue efforts of humanitarian organisations
In the foremidday of Jan 9 17 castaways were transferred from the "Prof. Albrecht Penck" onto a boat of the Maltese army which had been rescued on Dec 29 according to international rules. Despite efforts of the German ambassador in Valletta the vessel did not get the permit to enter port. 10 crew members were disembarked to be repatriated on Jan 11. It was not allowed to send a replacement crew. Now the "Professor Albrecht Penck“ was looking for another port for an exchange to start the next rescue mission.
Rescue ships allowed to enter Valletta
The "Sea Watch 3" and "Professor Albrecht Penck" on Jan 9 were allowed to enter the port of Valletta with on the whole 49 migrants on board after the distrubution of on the whole 300 migrants within Europe was organized. Germany will take 60 of the migrants, France, Portugal, Ireland, Romania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Italy 72, 78 may stay in Malta and 44 will be sent back to Bangladesh. The ships must leave port immediately after having dropped off the refugees. The "Sea Watch 3!" had rescued 32 people on Dec 22, 2018, the "Professor Albrecht Penck" took 17 refugees on board on Dec 29. The supplies on board of both ships were meanwhile running out as they were not allowed to enter a port.
NGO ship saved 17 distressed migrants
In the foremidday Dec 29 the "Prof. Albrecht Penck" saved 17 migrants from an overloaded wooden boat off Libya, but refused to hand them over to the Coastguard. The captain said they had been saved in international waters 27 milies off the coast. The MRCC in Bremen recommended to follow the instructions. The NGO Sea-Eye directed to the Foreign Ministry in Berlin and asked for support as they were not willing to take the migrants back to Libya as Tripolis was no safe port.News schreiben