Authorities in Italy have forbidden the German rescue ship Sea-Watch 3 from leaving the harbor where it is docked, the Italian Coast Guard and the Interior Ministry said late Wednesday. The vessel, docked in the Sicilian port of Porto Empedocle, had been under quarantine after a transfer of more than 200 rescued migrants to the Moby Zaza ferry. The Coast Guard claimed that the ship was found to have “several irregularities of technical and operational nature” which were at risk of compromising the safety of the crew and the migrants who had been or could be rescued, news agency dpa reported. Read more: Aid ship declares emergency after 6 migrants attempt suicide Sea Watch: Crew not informed of technical issues A spokesman for Sea Watch told German news agency epd on Thursday that the so-called technical problems found on board the ship were a cover to stop the ship from operating. “This is totally cynical,” spokesman Ruber Neugebauer told epd. Watch video 03:19 Share Rescuing migrants off Libya Send Facebook Twitter google+ Whatsapp Tumblr linkedin stumble Digg reddit Newsvine Permalink https://p.dw.com/p/3XxyR Europe: Sea rescue in the Mediterranean The crew were not informed about which specific technical failures were uncovered during the… Read full this story
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