On Wednesday, the humanitarian ship Geo Barents disembarked in Augusta, Italy, 60 men and women including a baby from Africa rescued in the Mediterranean.

A week after having assisted them off the coast of Libya, the vessel operated by “Médecins sans frontières” (MSF) obtained a disembarkation permit from the Italian authorities.

“… On September 20, Geo Barents carried out two consecutive rescues of overcrowded and damaged boats. Finally, yesterday afternoon, we arrived at the port of Augusta, and this morning we disembarked the 60 survivors, including 21 unaccompanied minors and a six-week-old newborn baby. Fortunately, all survivors and the entire crew tested negative for COVID-19. ” said Barbara Deck, MSF project coordinator.

Relieved that Italy had granted the ship a safe harbor, the 60 survivors disembarked in Augusta two days after an overloaded fishing boat with nearly 700 people on board docked on the island of Lampedusa.

Source: Africa news