German civilian maritime rescuers sailing on a ship named the Louise Michel rescued all 48 people from an “overcrowded wooden boat in distress” in the central Mediterranean Sea early on Tuesday, the activists reported on Twitter.
The boat, financed by proceeds from street artist Banksy and painted pink and white by him as well, reached the search area on Monday, after the crew was notified of the emergency.
Aid organizations are regularly deployed in the Mediterranean to rescue migrants who come into trouble on the dangerous seaway from Northern Africa to Europe.
Many end up in Italy, where the Interior Ministry has recorded almost 72,300 migrants arriving by sea so far this year, compared to around 47,700 in the same period last year. The incoming right-wing government wants to stop the migrant arrivals.
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