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Passenger ferry rescues 18 migrants from the Mediterranean

Orsica Linea, a French passenger ferry firm, declared on Monday it had rescued 18 migrants from the Mediterranean Sea.

The ferry rescued the”18 shipwrecked (migrants) from the Balearic Islands,” that the organization’s Director-General Pierre-Antoine Villanova shown on Twitter.

“Corsica Linea fulfilled its ship-owner’s responsibility by respecting international conventions, the Spanish country did exactly the same as it welcomed those shipwrecked. Agree to the ship’s sailors to their activities,” he added.

The ferry had abandoned Alger on Sunday and has been heading for Marseille with 2,000 passengers aboard.

Pascale Albertini, a spokesperson for Corsica Linea, told the AFP news agency that the migrants was in good health and they had been dropped off at the port of Alcudia, on the Spanish island of Majorca.

Migrants trying the dangerous sea voyage between North Africa and Europe have, previously, been rescued by personal fishing ships or tankers.

In 2017, non-governmental research and rescue (SAR) operations picked up 9,000 migrants from the Mediterranean based on Blaming the Rescuers, which denounces cuts into the European Union-funded SAR operations and the criminalisation of the NGOs’ actions in the Mediterranean by some EU nations.

On Monday, the Eleonore rescue boat from the German Mission Lifeline NGO was captured by Italian government for violating a ban to put in the nation’s territorial waters.

The NGO stated in a statement it had been made to enter Italian waters following a thunderstorm and heavy rains flooded the ship’s deck. The boat’s captain and his first officer had been removed by authorities while the 104 migrants were taken to some”sealed-off camp”

Over two-thirds (48,873) of these came by sea while 894 are missing or dead.