German charity Sea-Watch sent help to the Mediterranean on Saturday (August 29), coming to the aid of rescue boat funded by British street artist Banksy, after the vessel issued urgent calls for assistance.
Hundreds of people on board the MV Louise Michel vessel were transferred to safety on the Sea-Watch 4 ship, while an Italian coastguard patrol boat took on board 49 of "those considered most vulnerable", transferring them to the southern Italian island of Lampedusa.
The 49 include 32 women and 13 children.
The 98-foot Louise Michel, a former French Navy boat, was bought with proceeds from the sale of Banksy artwork.
The side of the vessel's cabin features a picture of a girl holding a heart-shaped life buoy in Banksy's familiar style.