20 Aug, 2019 @ 16:31
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Spain sends in navy to save hundreds of migrants trapped aboard rescue ship ‘Open Arms’

OPEN ARMS: Ship has been stuck in the Mediterranean

SPAIN has decided to send a navy ship to pick up hundreds of migrants trapped at sea on a migrant rescue ship.

The NGO boat Open Arms has been at sea for 19 days having rescued around 150 migrants from the Mediterranean.

Conditions aboard the vessel have been worsening and several migrants have jumped overboard in a bid to swim to the Italian Island of Lampedusa.

“After analyzing a number of different options, the Spanish government, in accordance with the logistic recommendations of the Navy, believes that this action is the most appropriate and will allow for the resolution of the humanitarian emergency on board,” said a spokesman for Spain’s ruling PSOE party.

The Navy ship Audaz will set sail at today from the Rota naval base in Cádiz once preparations have been made, the spokesman added.

NAVY: to send in the patrol vessel Audaz

Medical staff and psychologists have been placed aboard the Audaz to treat the migrants en route to Spain. 

The government has proposed escorting the Open Arms to the port of Palma, on the Balearic island of Mallorca.

The journey to the Italian island will the take the patrol boat three days. 

Tim McNulty

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1 Comment

  1. One they were not trapped on the ship, it could have sailed back to Libya.
    Two it is not a rescue ship it is a ferry which encourages economic migrants to come to europe.
    Yes I know there are horrendous problems in North Africa that SOME people in Europe want to help but inviting everybody in the world to come to europe is not the answer.

    Location : Motril

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