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"Ocean-Viking" begins second rescue mission in the Mediterranean


During its first operation, the humanitarian ship saved 356 men, women and children at sea.

Members of the "Ocean-Viking" research teams, arriving at the port of Marseille on 27 August. ANNE CHAON / AFP

The Ocean-Viking departed Marseille around 22 hours, Monday, September 2, beginning its second mission of search and rescue of migrants, announced the NGO SOS Mediterranean, its charterer with Médecins sans Frontières.

"After refueling, the ship will move to the central Mediterranean, where men and women continue to drown while trying to escape the hell of Libya," says the NGO.

The Ocean-Viking was moored since August 27 in the port of Marseille, after 23 days at sea and the rescue of four makeshift canoes in distress: 356 people had been rescued and landed off Malta after twelve days of fishing. waiting in the Mediterranean.

The replaced vessel Aquarius, which had no flag, had to abandon its missions in December 2018.

Read also the editorial: The "Aquarius" degraded its flag or the shipwreck of Europe

Source: lemonde

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