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When the Geo Barents arrived on the scene on Monday, many people were already in the water | Photo: MSF Sea/Twitter
From file: Some of the 158 migrants the Ocean Viking crew rescued from two unseaworthy and overloaded rubber boats on May 19, 2022 prepare to board the NGO vessel | Photo: Candida Lobes/SOS Mediterranee
Some of the 85 rescued migrants on board the Aurora wait to disembark on Lampedusa | Source: @Seawatchcrew twitter feed
Some of the 158 migrants the Ocean Viking crew rescued from two unseaworthy and overloaded rubber boats on May 19, 2022 prepare to board the NGO vessel | Photo: Candida Lobes/SOS Mediterranee
From file: Migrants arrived from Libya in Valletta, Malta, July 27, 2020 | Photo: Reuters
158 people crowded onto two rubber boats were trying to leave Libya, headed for Italy. They were picked up by the Ocean Viking on Thursday, May 19 | Photo: SOS Mediterranee/Ocean Viking
The Iuventa crew say they saved 14,000 lives within a year of operation before the ship was seized | Source: Handout Iuventa10
MSF crew on the Geo Barents help migrants in the Mediterranean in May 2022 | Source: Twitter feed @MSF_Sea
While many of the migrants trying to reach Spanish soil are sub-Saharan Africans, there has also been a growing number of North Africans hoping to get to the Canaries | Photo: Borja Suarez/Reuters
MSF crew on the Geo Barents help migrants in the Mediterranean in May 2022 | Source: Twitter feed @MSF_Sea
Migrant rescue vessel Sea-Eye 4 leaving the port of August on Sicily on April 6 | Photo: Maik Lüdemann/sea-eye.org
Disembarking from the Geo Barents after more than a week at sea, May 3, 2022 | Photo: 
Pantelia, Anna/MSF