Rome (dpa) - Germany will take over from the 82 migrants aboard the rescue ship "Ocean Viking" according to Italian media reports 24.
24 more went to France and 24 remained in Italy, the news agency Ansa reported, citing Italian government circles. Portugal would take eight and Luxembourg two.
Operated by the aid organizations SOS Méditerranée and Doctors Without Borders, the "Ocean Viking" was assigned to the Italian island of Lampedusa as a safe haven on Saturday morning by the Vessel Headquarters in Rome. When exactly she would arrive there was not known in the evening. According to Ansa, she should not enter the harbor, but only go to the road.
SOS Méditerranée welcomed the decision of Rome as an encouraging sign. "After 14 months, the Ocean Viking is the first civilian rescue vessel to bring people to a safe place in Italy," the organization said. Nevertheless, Lampedusa mayor Totò Martello described the allocation of the island of only 20 square kilometers as "nonsense" because the "Ocean Viking" was much closer to Porto Empedocle on the south coast of Sicily. "We're receptive but not stupid," Martello said.
The ship had first saved 50 people on 8 September. A day later, it took over 34 rescued boat people from the small sailing ship "Josefa". Two people, a pregnant woman and her husband, got off the boat during the week and were taken to Malta. According to Ansa, 32 migrants from Tunisia reached Lampedusa on their own with two boats on Saturday. In the evening, another boat with 78 migrants - especially Tunisians and Cameroonians - arrived in Lampedusa.
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