Rescued migrants and refugees are shown aboard the Geo Barents shared by MSF on Twitter on September 6, 2022 | Photo: @MSF_Sea on Twitter
Rescued migrants and refugees are shown aboard the Geo Barents shared by MSF on Twitter on September 6, 2022 | Photo: @MSF_Sea on Twitter

The rescue ship Geo Barents has landed in Taranto, southern Italy, to disembark 267 people rescued over the last week. Meanwhile, the Humanity 1 currently has 111 persons on board, following its first rescure operation.

The Geo Barents landed in the port of Taranto in southeastern Italy on Thursday (September 8) at around 8 am local time, according to MarineTraffic.com.

The crew of the rescue ship, which is operated by Doctors Without Borders (MSF), had taken aboard 267 refugees and migrants in seven operations between August 26 and 30 in the Mediterranean Sea off the Libyan coast.

MSF on Monday evening announced that the Geo Barents had been assigned the port of Taranto. The organization had tweeted earlier that "17 requests for a place of safety sent to responsible authorities of Italy and Malta" had come to no result.

Last month, the Geo Barents disembarked more than 600 migrants and refugees after a wait of over a week, also in Taranto.

Nearly 200 migrants, refugees on other rescue ships

Meanwhile, the Humanity 1 rescue ship recently took 111 people on board from a rubber dinghy. The rescue operation reportedly also involved the sail boat Nadir. On Twitter, Resqship -- which operates the Nadir -- said that its crew handed out life vests, water and cookies and provided medical help, before the Humanity 1 arrived.

Most of the people rescued by the Humanity 1 are underage, the organization SOS Humanity -- which operates the ship -- claimed on Twitter. They also said that two women, one infant and a baby were among those rescued.

The Humanity 1 used to be named Sea-Watch 4. But earlier this year, the organization Sea-Watch handed the ship over to SOS Humanity, which renamed the ship. This was the Humanity 1's first rescue operation under the new name and new leadership.

The SOS Humanity aid organization was founded in 2015 under the name SOS Mediterranee Germany; in the beginning of 2022, it was rebranded to SOS Humanity.

Sea-Eye 4 waiting for port

Another rescue vessel -- the Sea-Eye 4 -- is currently in the waters off Sicily, likely waiting to be assigned a port by Italy. Their crew rescued 76 persons from a wooden boat on Friday, one man has since been evacuated via helicopter for medical reasons. 

 

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