The Sea Watch3, the ship became infamous when it was at the helm Carola Rackete, will dock tomorrow morning at the port of Pozzallo. There are 406 on board migrants, rescued in recent days during several rescue operations in the central Mediterranean.
The indication of the port in the province of Ragusa arrived yesterday evening. On board the ship there are 90 women and 152 minors, of which 109 are unaccompanied, as well as several people with disabilities. The youngest migrant is one week old. For five women, two of them pregnant, medical evacuation had been ordered in recent days. Some had hydrocarbon burns. The last migrant to be evacuated gave birth yesterday in Trapani. Once in Pozzallo, after the swabs and medical checks, the migrants will be subjected to the swab and routine medical checks. Then they will be transferred – with the exception of unaccompanied migrants – on board the ship forty Azzurra, where they will spend the planned period of health surveillance. In the meantime, the Aita Mari ship is anchored off the coast of Ragusa. There are 105 people on board, all of Egyptian nationality (except a Gambian) and 6 cases of covid have been ascertained.
Yesterday, at the request of the Agrigento prosecutor’s office, the position of Sea Watch 3 regarding a rescue at sea carried out in May 2019 and the subsequent landing of migrants, which took place in Lampedusa, was archived. According to the judge for the preliminary investigations – who decided to give credit to the version of the German NGO – the rescue activity falls within the “duties provided for by national and supranational sources, which require States and captains of all vessels, public and private, to save human lives at sea“. Also yesterday morning the ship Nadir, of the Italian NGO, landed in Lampedusa Resq People. There were 34 migrants on board. Before docking, the NGO accused the Italian authorities that “allowed people in critical condition to stay for 45 hours on a ship designed only for first aid and not for long-term care and transport of many people“.