The Ocean Viking rescue mission, coordinated by Italian authorities, has saved a total of 623 people from small boats unfit for navigation. The migrants, including 15 children, 146 unaccompanied minors, and 462 adults, are now safe on board the Ocean Viking. The main nationalities of the rescued migrants are Sudan, Guinea Conakry, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Benin, and Bangladesh. In addition, the Open Arms ship, Astral, is arriving at Porto Empedocle to disembark 59 rescued people, while 13 more boats carrying a total of 382 migrants have arrived in Lampedusa. The Italian Coast Guard and the Guardia di Finanza intercepted a 6-meter boat near the port, carrying Ethiopians, Sudanese, and Somalis. Overall, 1,232 people arrived on the island of Lampedusa in the last 24 hours. Meanwhile, transfers of migrants from the Lampedusa hotspot to other reception centers continue, with approximately 1,000 people expected to be transferred today. The four survivors of a recent shipwreck, Kadim, Seidou, Omar, and Aicha, have also left the hotspot and are in good health, according to the Italian Red Cross.
I 623 migranti soccorsi in mare dalla Ocean Viking saranno portati a Lampedusa e Civitavecchia