Refugees to be transshipped onto Moby Zaza
The 180 migrants aboard the "Ocean Viking" were tested for the corona virus at the weekend and expected to switch onto the Italian quarantine ship "Moby Zaza" on July 6. According to the Ministry of the Interior in Rome, the authorities of the city of Pozzallo in Sicily sent a medical team to the “Ocean Viking” on July 4 to examine the refugees for their general condition and corona infection. The situation was closely monitored with regard to the transfer to the 'Moby Zaza'. The quarantine ship is currently anchored off the Sicilian port city of Porto Empedocle. During the general health examination on the "Ocean Viking" no special health problems were found. The tense situation on board has also improved. A doctor sent by the Italian government tried to calm the people on board. Among them are 25 minors and a pregnant woman.
State of emergency declared
The situation among the 180 migrants on the "Ocean Viking" off Sicily is becoming increasingly acute. The migrants started a hunger strike in the morning of July 3. In the evening, ithere were six suicide attempts by migrants within 24 hours reported. Now the "Ocean Viking" has declared the state of emergency on board. The situation on the ship was so acute that the safety of the rescued and the crew could no longer be guaranteed. This step is unprecedented in SOS Méditerranée's five-year history. The crew has sent urgent requests to the authorities in Italy and Malta to accept 44 people who were in bad shape. reviously, several requests for a safe port in both countries had been unsuccessful. Italy and Malta had declared themselves unsafe ports in the Corona pandemic.
47 more migrants rescued
On June 30 the 'Ocean Viking' rescued anothter 47 Libyan refugees in the SAR zone of Malta close to Lampedusa. Their wooden boat was without water and with a damaged engine. Seven had already passed out. The first emergency call was at 9 a.m. The migrants had been at sea for 4 or 5 days without water or food and were adrift 40 miles from Lampedusa. At 7.30 p.m. the 'Ocean Viking' came to the rescue.Upload News