Nổ lực cứu người vượt biển tại Địa Trung Hải(Mediterranean)- báo Morning Star(Anh Quốc)

Banksy-funded refugee rescue boat is already saving lives

The Louise Michel

BANKSY has funded a refugee rescue boat that is already saving lives in the Mediterranean Sea.

Former French naval vessel the Louise Michel launched under its new guise last week, featuring a painting of a young girl holding on to a heart-shaped safety float.

The boat has been renamed after a 19th-century French anarchist and is spattered in pink paint after the street artist “decorated her with a fire extinguisher.”

It was bought with money raised by the sale of some of Banksy’s works and is captained by a professional crew with a “flat hierarchy and a vegan diet.”

The vessel has already carried out a number of rescue missions, taking on board 89 people from a rubber boat on Tuesday after receiving a distress call, according to its Twitter account.

The project aims to help fill a void left by European authorities “leaving desperate people to drift helplessly at sea.”

More than 443 people have died or gone missing attempting to cross the Mediterranean from north Africa so far this year, according to the United Nations.

The Louise Michel’s mission statement is “to uphold maritime law and rescue anyone in peril without prejudice.”

Rescue personnel carry a stretcher off a rescue vessel, after a ship carrying some 50 migrants began taking on water off the coast of Lampedusa, Italy October 7, 2019. REUTERS/Mauro Buccarello.

The Louise Michel

BANKSY has funded a refugee rescue boat that is already saving lives in the Mediterranean Sea.

Former French naval vessel the Louise Michel launched under its new guise last week, featuring a painting of a young girl holding on to a heart-shaped safety float.

The boat has been renamed after a 19th-century French anarchist and is spattered in pink paint after the street artist “decorated her with a fire extinguisher.”

It was bought with money raised by the sale of some of Banksy’s works and is captained by a professional crew with a “flat hierarchy and a vegan diet.”

The vessel has already carried out a number of rescue missions, taking on board 89 people from a rubber boat on Tuesday after receiving a distress call, according to its Twitter account.

The project aims to help fill a void left by European authorities “leaving desperate people to drift helplessly at sea.”

More than 443 people have died or gone missing attempting to cross the Mediterranean from north Africa so far this year, according to the United Nations.

The Louise Michel’s mission statement is “to uphold maritime law and rescue anyone in peril without prejudice.”

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