A SOS Mediterranean spokesman said Ocean Viking had rescued 132 people, including 9 women and 40 minors, in three operations and four ships rescued since Thursday. The rescue, which took place off the Libyan coast, particularly in the Maltese Rescue and Research Zone, was made up of three wooden ships and a fiberglass, which were infiltrated with water and fuel.
More than 30,000 have been rescued since February 2016
The United Nations has recently called on Libya and the European Union to reform their search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean, claiming that current practices rob migrants of their rights and dignity when they are not. . Since the beginning of 2021, 866 migrants have died in the Mediterranean trying to reach Europe, according to figures from the International Organization for Migration.
SOS Méditerranée says it has rescued more than 30,000 people since February 2016, first Aquarius, then the Ocean Vikings.