Safe port of entry in Europe for SeaWatch boat carrying 32 refugees

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We are calling on the government of the European Union to intervene after a ship carrying 32 migrants from Libya was denied entry to Mediterranean ports this week amid worsening weather.

Rescuer Robin Jenkins, an RNLI volunteer for 20 years, said the Sea-Watch vessel still has “nowhere to go” eight days after it picked up the group of men, women and children off the coast of Malta.

He now believes that the safety of the crew and passengers – including an infant – was threatened by an approaching storm at a “critical stage” of the mission. The UN has also weighed in, urging nations to open a safe port.

The situation is critical, as the 32 migrants, already at sea for 8 days are becoming more and more uncomfortable and fearful. These are human beings, waiting at sea, for a safe port. We call on politicians and supporters to work to make it possible for the Sea-Watch vessel to land.