ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – 265 rescued souls brought to Porto Empedocle, Sicily by OPEN ARMS – 04.01.2021

On Monday 4th January, 2021 the converted tugboat now a rescue ship OPEN ARMS with 265 rescued souls arrived off Porto Empedocle, Sicily after Italy assigned the landing port as safe.

Sunday 3rd January, 2021 at 2318 hrs.

They were rescued by the 1974 built vessel OPEN ARMS in international waters on December 31st, 2020 and last Saturday 2nd January, 2021 are being taken to a quarantine ship anchored off Porto Empedocle in Sicily. NGO Alarm Phone said that the  Maltese authorities ignored a request for assistance. Among the migrants were 17 minors and two women.

Off Porto Empedocle on Monday 4th January, 2021 at 1120 hrs

Meanwhile the quarantine ship anchored off Porto Empedocle is the Grandi Navi Veloci 1996 built ropax RHAPSODY as chartered by the Italian Government back to September 2020 deployed as accommodation vessel for quarantined migrants.

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Published – Monday 4th January, 2021