SICILY, 5 January 2021 – Two hundred and sixty-five migrants rescued at sa off the coast of Libya have safely disembarked after arriving Sicily, Italy.
Those rescued include 13 women and seven children, the proactive Open Arms non-governmental organization confirmed Monday.
The migrants rescued by the Spanish-flagged Open Arms ship are mostly Eritreans.
The others are citizens of Sudan, Syria, and Egypt.
Those rescued said they left Libya aboard a wooden boat.
For days after, they were lost at sea, drifting, completely lost, out of food, water, fuel for the engine of the wooden boat and they were buffeted about in extreme weather conditions.
Many of the migrants who landed in Sicily told membes of the team that rescued them that most of the migrants had said their final prayersand expected to drown before they were rescued on Saturday.
Officials of Open Arms, the non-governmental whose boat rescued them, shared video showng the wild anf fast-deteriorating weather conditions at the time when they decide to rescue the migrants.
The mogrants whad tracveled only 110 miles away from their departure point in Libya before the capsizing of their boat.
The Open Arms vessel had already rescued from rough seas a first group of 157 before picking up about 96 more migrants on Saturday.
Officials in Malta refused to allow the vessel to dock or even enter its territorial waters.
On Monday, Italy provided a safe port for those rescued and the crew of the ship, owned by the Open Access non-governmental organization.
The International Organization for Migration said Monday that eight of the migrants were “missing” and feared dead.