Thirty-four migrants including women and a small child who were rescued by a German sailboat have been successfully taken aboard a humanitarian hip in international waters north of Libya despite a thunderstorm.
What I witnessed last night was beyond words. If a 14m sailboat was swinging like this, I can’t imagine what a rubber boat with no working engine would look like. Against all odds the people rescued by #Josefa were successfully transferred to the #OceanViking #libya #migration pic.twitter.com/2VW7wd0wXH
— Renata Brito (@RenataBritoAP) September 10, 2019
The people were transferred Monday from the 14-meter sailboat Josefa run by the group Resqship to the much larger and stable Ocean Viking, a Norwegian-flagged ship run jointly by SOS Mediterranee and Doctors Without Borders.
The transfer happened near the Bouri oil fields some 65 nautical miles from the Libyan coast after Josefa declared a state of emergency.
An Associated Press journalist aboard the Ocean Viking witnessed the operation.
The 22 men, six women and a toddler had been saved by the Josefa from a flimsy rubber boat with a broken engine earlier Monday.