The Open Arms Uno rescues 372 people in various operations in the central Mediterranean in just 24 hours. Between Saturday night and early Sunday morning, the organization found a huge boat in very poor condition with 294 migrants trying to reach Europe. According to the organization, many of the people on board were suffering from dehydration and needed medical attention. Among them were 60 minors.
Frightened, some of the migrants jumped into the water before being rescued for fear of being returned to Libya or out of survival instinct, which made rescue efforts difficult.
Shortly before, the organization’s flagship had rescued more than fifty migrants who arrived at an oil platform in a small boat in poor condition. Among them, the body of a 20-year-old man killed by a trafficker before setting sail. The killer forced the occupants of the boat to take the body with them. By Saturday morning, Open Arms One had rescued 19 people in a rubber boat.
Open Arms Uno awaits authorization to disembark in a safe port. At the moment, according to the same organization, two requests to enter a safe port in Malta have already been made, although for the moment the authorities have not assigned a place for disembarkation.