Having spent several days with 121 rescued migrants on board, SAR vessel Open Arms (IMO 7325887) took on board 39 more on August 9th, supported by film star Richard Gere, who boarded the vessel off Lampedusa. Gere asked for help for the people in a video which vessel owner Proactiva Open Arms published on August 9th.
Gere joined a news conference on the Italian island of Lampedusa to call for the 160 migrants stuck on the boat to be allowed to disembark. Gere also compared the political situation in Italy, where League leader and Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has repeatedly refused requests by migrant ships to dock, to that of the US administration of Donald Trump.
Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, replied that Gere should take the migrants to Hollywood on his private jet and support them in all his villas.
The boat was at sea near Lampedusa with 121 people aboard from earlier rescues when, late on Friday evening, Maltese authorities asked it to assist 39 people in a wooden raft.
Malta had offered to accept the 39 people from this rescue, but not the 121 already aboard.
Meanwhile another rescue vessel, the Ocean Viking (IMO 8506854) rescued more than 160 migrants in the Mediterranean Sea on August 9th. It was unclear where the people could be disembarked.
1974-built, Spain-flagged, 427 gt Open Arms is owned and managed by Proactiva Open Arms of Badalona, Barcelona, Spain.
1986-built, Norway-flagged, 2090 gt Ocean Viking is owned by Ocean Viking AS care of manager Hoyland Offshore AS of Steinsland, Norway. It is entered with Skuld as a platform supply ship on behalf of Hoyland Offshore AS