Italy: Rescue ship with 572 migrants pleads for Mediterranean port

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“A charity running a rescue ship with 572 migrants aboard in the central Mediterranean pleaded Thursday for permission to dock at some European port, saying food was running short and tensions rising on the crowded vessel. Luisa Albera, search and rescue coordinator of SOS Mediterranee, launched an urgent appeal from the Ocean Viking, that’s between Malta and the southern Italian islet of Lampedusa, south of Sicily. She said five requests to maritime authorities to assign a port of safety have gone unmet. Among the migrants are 369 who were rescued on July 4 from a boat that the group said was in danger of capsizing in the Mediterranean.” (07/08/21)