Migrants rescued by Open Arms charity reach dry land in Italy

STORY: The Spanish charity Open Arms on August 17 rescued 101 migrants, mostly Egyptian men, in a rickety wooden boat off the Tunisian coast that had been adrift for at least a day.

One man in need of urgent medical attention had been allowed to disembark in Italy with his companion, but the rest were told to remain onboard the rescue vessel while it sought permission to disembark.

It formally requested a port from Italian authorities a week ago, its search and rescue coordinator David Llado said on Thursday. The long wait had led to tensions as the migrants' despair grew.