Migrant “Rescues” Resume in the Mediterranean

As former Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini indicated yesterday, now that he is no longer in charge of interdicting the migrant-ferry vessels, the NGO boats are once again out in force, “rescuing” people in the Mediterranean. However, since the new government in Rome has not yet been officially formed, Italian ports are still closed to the “refugees”. The following Spanish news report provides some details on the latest rescues off the coast of Spain, which is presumably where the new arrivals will be offloaded.

Many thanks to FouseSquawk for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

Video transcript:

00:00   After the maritime rescue ship Guardamar Caliope rescued 65 people
00:05   from a launch vessel about six nautical miles southwest of the island of Alboran,
00:09   and the Salvamar Spica came to the rescue of another raft
00:13   located some miles more to the north, the first of these vessels
00:17   arrived at the port of Malaga with 132 people on board.
00:21   A spokesperson for Sasemar stated that the fishing boat, Molina Hernandez,
00:25   communicated the sighting of a vessel being intercepted by the rescue ship
00:29   Maritimo Guardamar Caliope, whose crew picked up 65 people, among them three women
00:36   and three minors. At the same time, while this ship remained in the area,
00:40   the Salvamar Spica rescued another raft
00:44   located by the merchant vessel Atlantis Armona several miles
00:48   further to the north of the island of Alboran.