The rescue ship Sea-Watch 3 has rescued 119 refugees from the Mediterranean in several operations around 44 kilometers from the Libyan coast. Some of the people had been on an inflatable boat for 24 hours and had hypothermia and seasickness. This was shared by the civil sea rescue organization Sea-Watch e. V. with. The rescued were now on board the Sea-Watch 3 .
In an initial operation, an inflatable boat was discovered 24 nautical miles (approx. 44 kilometers) from the Libyan coast with 60 people on board. In a second search, a further 17 people were saved from distress. On the night of Friday, 42 refugees who had already reached the Maltese search and rescue zone were brought from a boat on board the Sea-Watch 3 . The German aid organization accuses the responsible Maltese authorities of inaction.
"People had been on this inflatable boat for over 24 hours and had hypothermia and seasickness, they had no food or water, but the Maltese authorities did not respond," said Patricia Neugebauer, doctor on board Sea-Watch 3 . Operations manager Johannes Bayer described the rescue situation as "a great relief". The rescued would now be taken to a safe haven.
In December, a judge in Palermo lifted the seizure of the rescue ship after almost half a year.