Rescue ship stuck in Mediterranean with 64 migrants onboard gets emergency aid delivery

A Maltese relief organisation delivered emergency supplies to the Alan Kurdi ship on Tuesday, which has been awaiting authorisation to dock for the past seven days so that the 64 rescued migrants onboard may disembark.

Malta’s MOAS NGO delivered emergency food, water, medicines, dry clothing and blankets to the Alan Kurdi, run by the German-registered NGO, Sea-Eye.

The vessel rescued the 64 migrants, including one young child and a baby, off the coast of Libya on April 3 as it was looking for another migrant ship that had gone missing two days before with 51 people on board.

Since then, it has been stranded in the Mediterranean Sea after both Malta and Italy refused it entry.

“Italy and Malta repeatedly referred to Libya’s jurisdiction. This is the same country whose capital has been surrounded by military troops for days. There is heavy fighting going on,” Gordon Isler, chairman of Sea-Eye, said in a statement.