Sophie Beau, co-founder and managing director of SOS Mediterranean, reacted on Sunday on Franceinfo to the 180 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean by the “Ocean Viking” finally authorized to land in Sicily Monday, in the port of Porto Empedocle.

“It is a great relief for us, and especially on board for all those survivors who were waiting, in terrible conditions, as we have been able to describe in recent days“Says Sunday July 5 on Franceinfo Sophie Beau, co-founder and managing director of SOS Mediterranean, while the 180 migrants rescued in the Mediterranean by the” Ocean Viking “were authorized to land in Sicily Monday, in the port of Porto Empedocles.

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We await the very precise instructions which are sent to the bridge of the ship. For now, the only confirmation is to head to the port of Porto Empedocle, we do not yet know if the transfer will take place to a boat or directly ashore“describes Sophie Beau, while rumors of quarantine on another boat in the Sicilian port are running.

SOS Mediterranean had to declare, for the first time, a state of health emergency on board. “I think that the situation which was evaluated yesterday by the medical team could have helped to raise awareness of the great dangers that there were on board. We have nothing to do with this decision at all. anyway finding a resolution for this emergency situation on board the boat could not last. The medical assessment which was carried out on board, which confirmed our assessment to us, could have played in this direction“, she explains. “It was a long time,” she continues. “It lasted 48 hours in a state of emergency, without any instruction to disembark. For us, the rumors in the media are not enough, to be able to announce a disembarkation to the survivors on board, it it was absolutely necessary to receive this instruction officially by the authorities.

It’s finally done. The survivors are informed, relieved. This part of nerves ends tomorrow for the best, I hope, in the port of Porto Empedocle.Sophie Beauat franceinfo

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“The first reaction brought to us from the boat is a great relief, joy, songs, crying, a lot of positive emotions after all these days of endless waiting, stress and total absence We will have to prepare them for the next steps, which we do not yet know. This morning, an Italian medical team boarded the “Ocean Viking” and carried out Covid-19 tests “, she concludes.

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