Three NGOs said they rescued more than 400 migrants trying to reach Europe by wooden boat in the Mediterranean last night, bringing the number of people rescued over the past two days to nearly 600.
A spokesman for the European non-governmental organization, SOS Mediterranean, which operates the rescue ship “Ocean Viking,” was quoted by the French press agency as saying: “The rescue operation that took place in international waters was fraught with dangers, as water was leaking into the large wooden boat, which is carrying more than more than 10 million people. 400 people.
The spokesman added that the survivors were distributed among three boats: "Sea-Watch 3" of the non-governmental organization "Sea-Watch", "Nadir" of "Risk Ship" and "Ocean Viking", noting that the rescue operation continued until the early hours of the morning.
This is the fifth rescue operation carried out by the Ocean Viking since yesterday, and the ship is carrying 449 survivors, after it had already rescued 196 people during several previous rescue operations off the Libyan coast.
"SOS Mediterranean" confirms that it has rescued more than 30,000 people since February 2016 by the ship "Aquarius" and then "Ocean Viking", while the International Organization for Migration reports that at least 1,146 people died at sea during the first half of this year and they are They are trying to cross into Europe.