German refugee organization Sea Watch reported that at least 550 migrants were rescued in the Central Mediterranean between Friday and Sunday.
Their vessel Sea-Watch 3 said that they picked up at least 90 people on a wooden boat ” that was in “imminent danger” off Lampedusa after rescuing 363 people already.
Among the 363 migrants, 102 of them were rescued Saturday morning from a rubber dinghy while 45 migrants, including 15 minors were picked up last Friday.
Because Sea-Watch 3 was overloaded, the 90 that were picked up were forced to board rubber vessels that were towed by the ship.
“As the situation got more critical, the people were evacuated from the wooden boat to our life rafts. Only after hours, the Italian Coast Guard arrived, picked up the people and they disembarked in #Lampedusa early this morning. We are relieved they are finally safe!” said Sea-Watch.
By Monday morning Sea-Watch said 363 people remain on board the vessel and “need a port of safety immediately” and appealed to Germany for a port of safety.
According to the International Organization for Migration, 1200 migrants have already died trying to cross the Mediterranean into Europe last year alone.