In a press release, the SOS Mediterranean association warns of “the rapid deterioration of the mental state of some of the survivors on board”. A group of 44 people is “in urgent need of assistance”.
Brawls, suicide attempts, physical threats to the crew … The tension has become such on board the humanitarian boat Ocean viking that the ship, which received 180 migrants in the Mediterranean, declared in “emergency state”, Friday July 3.
For 24 hours, “the situation on board has deteriorated to the point that the safety of the 180 survivors and the crew can no longer be guaranteed”, explained SOS Méditerranée, which charters this ambulance boat on board of which an AFP journalist is on board and for which the NGO claims a landing “immediate” in Italy or Malta.
The#OceanViking declared a state of emergency. The Italian authorities are informed. The situation has greatly deteriorated, the safety of the 180 survivors and the crew is no longer guaranteed. The#OceanViking needs a safe port now https://t.co/Gps1QMrQjV pic.twitter.com/JOEL1OmWlK
– SOS MEDITERRANEE France (@SOSMedFrance) July 3, 2020Advertisement
In its press release, SOS Mediterranean alert on “the rapid deterioration of the mental state of some of the survivors on board”. A group of 44 people is indeed “in need of urgent assistance”, because some of its members “are in a state of acute psychological distress, manifesting an intention to harm their physical integrity and that of other persons on board, including crew members, or reporting suicidal thoughts”. The Italian and Maltese authorities have been alerted. In vain for now.