Almost fifty migrants and refugees rescued by the Open Arms threw themselves into the sea this Friday morning due to late landing permits, a day after more than 70 jumped overboard and from the Italian Coast Guard.
The founder of the NGO Open Arms, Óscar Camps, has denounced that they are in an “extreme situation”, “abandoned” 1.5 kilometers from the Italian city of Parlermo, “without solution or information”.
“The suffering on board is unnecessarily prolonged not only for the rescued, but also for the crew. 48 jump into the sea more desperate,” he complained on Twitter, where he shared the pictures of people with life jackets in the water.
The “Open Arms” went to Palermo at the urging of the Italian authorities after they had been rejected by the Maltese authorities for days. However, there is currently no assigned safe port of disembarkation, which has already been rejected by human rights organizations.