Stranded Ocean Viking migrants to reach in Sicily port on Monday


The 180 migrants on the Ocean Viking help ship will arrive in Porto Empedocle on Monday, the place they are going to be transferred onto one other ship, the Moby Zaza, and positioned in quarantine.

Earlier than their arrival, they may all be examined for coronavirus.

The migrants have been rescued by the French NGO SOS Méditerranée between June 25 and 30.

There are 25 kids and a pregnant lady amongst them.

The Italian authorities despatched a health care provider on the ship on Saturday after the NGO reported episodes of severe unrest, together with suicide makes an attempt and threats to the ship crew, prompting calls for for the rapid evacuation of 44 folks as a result of “acute psychological misery”.

The physician excluded any psychological situation, however acknowledged that the migrants have been “drained, burdened and nervous”. On the identical time, he urged them to cease being “aggressive” with a view to facilitate the disembarking operations.

“It solely will depend on you! Don’t create an issue, don’t combat, respect the crew, they saved you, and it’ll go rapidly”, he stated, in keeping with information company AFP.

“We all know that it’s lengthy, however the coronavirus slows issues down in Italy so be affected person, ” he instructed the migrants, earlier than being applauded as he left the ship.

“They imagine him extra as a result of he represents Italy”, Anne, physician of the SOS Méditerranée, stated, including nevertheless that the state of affairs must evolve rapidly as a result of “the ‘placebo impact’ won’t final lengthy”.

“What is required is to dock now,” operations supervisor on board Nicholas Romaniuk said, “and it’s a must to do it earlier than there’s a loss of life.”


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