Rescue ship asks Italy to help disembark migrants

Some 572 people, including 183 minors, are currently onboard the Ocean Viking vessel, the SOS Mediterranee organization said in a statement, after being saved in Maltese and Libyan search and rescue areas.

The group complained maritime authorities had not helped in the operations and urged the European Union to intervene.

Video handed out by SOS Mediterranee showed several rescue operations, including at night, as well as an empty wooden migrant boat burning after being set on fire by rescuers, a customary procedure intended to prevent accidental collisions at sea.

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