Spain announced Monday, August 19, 2019, send a military ship recovering migrants stuck on the “Open Arms” for eighteen days.
The information was given in a Spanish government statement on Tuesday, August 20, 2019. The military ship Audaz “will depart this afternoon at 16:00 GMT, will sail for three days to Lampedusa where he will take care of the people collected by the ‘Open Arms and will transport them to the port of Palma de Mallorca in the Balearic Islands’
On 8 August, Malta refused the landing of the ship of the NGO Proactiva Open Arms which contained about 121 migrants on board. On Monday, August 19, Italy had still agreed to evacuate some people.
According to a Rfi envoy on the scene, all the survivors on board are more and more fragile psychologically.Indeed, one person threw himself on the morning of Tuesday, August 20, nine others imitated him a little later in the morning to try to swim to Lampedusa, but the coast guard intervened.
Migrants continue to arrive almost every day in Sardinia, Sicily or Lampedusa aboard what Italians call “ghost boats”, small boats that sometimes go unnoticed. In the last two days, 108 people have arrived from Tunisia alone.