Aid organization Doctors Without Borders rescued 76 people, including 17 minors and a very young child, who were in distress on a wooden boat in the Mediterranean Sea on October 17, 2022 | Photo: Twitter @MSF_Sea
Aid organization Doctors Without Borders rescued 76 people, including 17 minors and a very young child, who were in distress on a wooden boat in the Mediterranean Sea on October 17, 2022 | Photo: Twitter @MSF_Sea

The crew of the Geo Barents rescue ship conducted several rescue operations on Monday, saving nearly 100 migrants including 17 minors who were on wooden. Now the crew is looking for a safe haven for the nearly 300 on board.

After several rescue operations, the crew of the ship Geo Barents is now looking for a port in Europe with nearly 300 migrants on board.

Last night (Monday, October 17), 76 people, including 17 children and teenagers, were rescued from a wooden boat in distress in the Mediterranean, the aid organization Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said on Twitter on Monday evening.



By the time rescuers reached the scene, water had already entered the boat, MSF said on Twitter. "Without our efforts, these people would have been left to drown at sea...A total of 293 migrants are now on the Geo Barents," the organization wrote.


Italian coast guard pick up 65 migrants

The Italian coast guard picked up 65 people off the small island of Lampedusa on Monday, according to the German organization RESQSHIP. On Sunday afternoon, the volunteers said they had spotted the disoriented migrant boat in the sea and escorted it to the Italian search and rescue zone.

In a tweet, the organization RESQSHIP pointed out that had they not alerted the Italian coast guard to the presence of the 65 migrants they might have "sailed by them and the migrants could have been lost at sea."


Also read: NGO-run fleet grows, 10,000 migrants rescued this year

NGO's face criticizm for saving lives at sea

There is currently no state-organized sea rescue in the Mediterranean. Only private initiatives, that try to assist migrant boats in distress. The Mediterranean crossing is one of the most dangerous in the world. According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), 1,685 people have already died or gone missing this year to date. The number of unreported cases is likely to be much higher.

Critics of private sea rescue groups argue that criminal traffickers should not put people in danger at sea in the first place. The sea rescue organizations have also been accused by some EU interior ministers of cooperating with Libyan smugglers, with some NGOs facing legal action in response to their rescue operations. However, the sea rescue organizations claim that they abide by international laws without compromise.

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