FILE PHOTO: A crew member of the German NGO migrant rescue ship Sea-Watch 3 watches as an ill migrant is medically evacuated from the ship, while waiting for the last group of migrants to disembark from the ship in Trapani on the island of Sicily, Italy August 8, 2021. Picture taken August 8, 2021. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi/File Photo

The German sea rescue ship “Sea-Eye 4” is waiting with 87 migrants on board for permission to head for an Italian Mediterranean port. According to their own statements, the helpers were denied help by the authorities in Malta for days, even though they had found the people in the local search and rescue zone.

Therefore, the ship of the Regensburg organization set course for Sicily and has been cruising off the coast there since Sunday in the hope of being assigned a port. The rescued have been on board the “Sea-Eye 4” for a week.

Civilian sea rescuers complain again and again that they are not allowed to land in Malta and therefore have to continue to southern Italy.

Member of the Bundestag Julian Pahlke (Greens), who is currently on the “Sea Eye 4”, tweeted on Sunday about the request to the island state for a port: “What is Malta doing? One is not responsible and the ship should head for the home port of Regensburg. No joke.”