A new tweet from Alarm Phone this morning announces that people in distress on the boat from Libya have called the NGO again.
"More than 24 hours after our initial notice to authorities, they are exhausted and still at sea, battling wind and severe weather conditions. We urge authorities to coordinate a rescue as soon as possible and get people to safety in Italy!" .
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During the night, the NGO - created by a network of activists to alert sea rescue - had tweeted about the boat adrift yesterday among the waves in the central Mediterranean: "We have lost contact with the 47 people and we are very "worry! The so-called Libyan coast guard told us that the Italian authorities would coordinate the rescue but they are not giving any information. People must be rescued and brought to safety in Europe now".
Alarm Phone's tweet with location
In fact, yesterday Alarm Phone had said on Twitter that it had contacted a boat adrift with 47 migrants on board in the central Mediterranean, coming from Libya, signaling the need for immediate relief due to the "extremely dangerous" weather conditions.
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The NGO later reported that a vessel, the freighter Basilis L, was en route to the vessel in distress.
"However," she added, "we fear it will bring people back to Libya. They must be brought to a safe place, not in the terrible conditions of Libya."
The latest information released yesterday evening by Alarm Phone was worrying: "The people on board are in a panic. They are screaming on the phone and we have difficulty communicating with them. They must be rescued without further delay!!!"