The private reddingsschip Aquarius after five days of waiting Sunday morning 58 migrants near Malta transfer to the Maltese coast guard. The transfer happened in international waters.
That confirmed a spokeswoman of the ngo SOS Méditerranée, which, together with aid organization Doctors Without Borders, the ship operates.
The ship waited since Tuesday to Malta on a opportunity to the migrants to be able to transfer. Bad weather had, however, causes delay. The migrants will be spread over four European countries: Portugal, Spain, France and Germany.
The Aquarius was actually on the way to Marseille, but that was not to the liking of the French government. The ship, which is run by the ngo’SOS Mediterranean, and Doctors Without Borders, had earlier both Italy and Malta have no permission to dock in their ports. But according to Paris, was Malta the most ‘logical’ destination because the ship as the closest thing to.
The 58 crew members were rescued between 20 and 23 september, off the coast of Libya. The Aquarius was the only reddingsschip still in the central part of the Mediterranean Sea.
Saturday announced the Spanish ngo Proactiva Open Arms to re-migrants between Italy and Libya will survive.