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Anti-migrant ship Defend Europe rescued in Mediterranean after issuing distress call

Anti-migrant ship Defend Europe rescued in Mediterranean after issuing distress call

The Italian marine rescue service in Rome, the MRCC, informed Sea-Eye that its cutter was the closest vessel to the C-Star, and so was dispatched to help.

"To help a ship in distress is the duty of anyone at sea, without regard for their origin, race, religion or beliefs", said Mr Buchheuer.

An English-language version of the status provided to BuzzFeed News by Sea-Eye said the C-Star had been "in distress at sea". Turkish Cypriot authorities deported nine crew members, including the captain, and a German "second captain" alleged to be a neo-Nazi.

Defend Europe then posted its own statement, claiming that reports of trouble were overblown.

A spokesman for the European Union Naval Force Mediterranean's Operation Sophia said the distress call was flagged to Sea Eye, a German volunteer rescue organisation whose vessel is now nearest to C-Star.

The German vessel, carrying a team of volunteers, was sent to the aid of the C-Star, a ship operated by an extremist group calling itself Defend Europe, after it was unable to maneuver after suffering mechanical failure.

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A spokesperson for the group, which is among those Defend Europe has accused of "colluding" with Libyan people smugglers, said it was on its way to offer aid.

Sea-Eye chairman Michael Buchheuer said it was prepared to assist in any way necessary.

"C Star developed a minor technical problem during the night", it said.

"This meant that under under [international regulations] the vessel is considered 'not under command'".

But later Friday a spokesman for C-Star told AFP that the boat, which had only just got going against after being blocked for five days off the coast of Tunisia, simply stopped its engines to resolve a technical problem.

The group claims the rescuing of refugees from the Mediterranean Sea, where more than 2,400 men, women and children have drowned so far this year, is part of an "invasion" endangering the continent.


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