German Navy Rescues 430 Migrants Off Libya Mediterranean
www.bild.de | May 9, 2015
So the mission was in the Mediterranean.
The first emergency
Just before 9 clock had the "Maritime Rescue Coordination Center" (Search and Rescue Center, MRCC) issued an emergency call in Rome: "wooden boat with refugees 30 nautical miles (50 km) north of the Libyan coast in distress!"
The association leader of the German ships, Captain Andreas Seidl (50) was the frigate "Hessen" at the next turn. With 25 knots (50 km / h) he reached the accident site in less than an hour. This lag 70 km northeast of Tripoli.
► The refugee boat – a wooden boat – was unseaworthy, completely overloaded with 250 refugees, inside penetrated water.
Seidl let the tender of "Hessen" to water, the refugees took in succession on board.
Among the rescued were located 50 women and 5 children.
13 clock then the second alarm
Again refugees in distress at sea, this time near the supply vessel "Berlin".
Again came Seidl's team time, rescued a total of 180 people!
These were distributed to two dinghies, each with 90 refugees and were located 25 km before Zuwara (Libya).
Again, 5 children were among those rescued.
The refugees come from the African countries Somalia and Eritrea.
►Anspruch to asylum in Germany do not have the refugees. Once the refugees have left the Bundeswehr-ship, the Italian authorities.
For two days, the "Berlin" and the "Hessen" off the Libyan coast are in use. The Federal Government is making its contribution to the rescue of refugees in the Mediterranean Sea.
The German ships have used the first time in the mission area to prepare a number of exercises to the rescue of refugees.
The Federal Government had sent to the EU refugee summit in April, the "Hessen" and the supplier "Berlin" to the Mediterranean to assist in the rescue of refugees who take from Libya course to Italy.
The ships had expired on Tuesday in Crete.
The object of the crews is mainly the rescue of refugees in distress at sea. Already on Wednesday helped Bundeswehr physicians in the care of shipwrecked refugees who were rescued by an Italian ship authorities.
► The two German ships are not part of the EU border mission "Triton", but help Italy at the sea rescue as a sort of "subcontractor", in the words of a spokesman for the Interior Ministry on Friday.
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