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Rescued migrant 'DIES' aboard Banksy's rescue boat which is dead in the water because it's too overloaded to move with 219 aboard as artist and ship's captain blame EU for failing to help (9 Pics)

A Banksy-funded refugee rescue boat has become stranded in the Mediterranean Sea with a dead migrant onboard after the ship's deck became overcrowded.
The boat's captain is now pleading for help but claims that emergency calls to the coastguard in nearby Malta for assistance are being ignored.
There are more than 200 people on board the Louise Michel, including 10 crew members, with dozens of migrants suffering from fuels burns and dehydration after days at sea.
The former French navy boat – launched last week featuring a Banksy painting depicting a young girl holding on to a heart-shaped safety float – is currently off the coast of Malta.
It is being captained by Pia Klemp, a human rights activist from Germany who has previously commanded rescue vessels in the Mediterranean and claims to have saved 1,000 migrants between 2011 and 2017.
Posts from the ship's twitter account say it is 'unable to safely move and nobody is coming to our aid'.
A Banksy-funded refugee rescue boat is stranded in the Mediterranean Sea with a dead migrant onboard after becoming too overcrowded to sail safely
A Banksy-funded refugee rescue boat is stranded in the Mediterranean Sea with a dead migrant onboard after becoming too overcrowded to sail safely
There are more than 200 people on board the Louise Michel, including 10 crew members, with dozens of migrants suffering from fuels burns and dehydration after days at sea
There are more than 200 people on board the Louise Michel, including 10 crew members, with dozens of migrants suffering from fuels burns and dehydration after days at sea
There are more than 200 people on board the Louise Michel and one dead body, according to tweets posted from the vessel's account
There are more than 200 people on board the Louise Michel and one dead body, according to tweets posted from the vessel's account
The former French navy boat ¿ launched under its new guise last week ¿ was off the coast of Malta on Saturday morning
The former French navy boat – launched under its new guise last week – was off the coast of Malta on Saturday morning


Several call for assistance have been made from the Louise Michel to various coastguard services, mostly on Malta, but crew claim they are being ignored by authorities
Several call for assistance have been made from the Louise Michel to various coastguard services, mostly on Malta, but crew claim they are being ignored by authorities
Those associated with the vessel said it cannot safely move because of an overcrowded deck.
One tweet said: '#LouiseMichel is unable to move, she is no longer the master of her manoeuver, due to her overcrowded deck and a life raft deployed at her side, but above all due to Europe ignoring our emergency calls for immediate assistance. The responsible authorities remain unresponsive.'
Another read: 'We repeat, #LouiseMichel is unable to safely move and nobody is coming to our aid. The people rescued have experienced extreme trauma, it's time for them to be brought to a #PlaceOfSafety. We need immediate assistance.'
They also posted a summary of a series of calls for assistance made to various authorities, but claim they got no answer or were told there was no assistance available, the account said.
The vessel has already carried out a number of rescue missions, according to its Twitter account, and on Friday evening said it had assisted another 130 people, including many women and children.
At that point it said it was 'safeguarding 219 people with a crew of 10'. An earlier tweet said there was 'already one dead person on the boat'.
Aerial footage shows that the craft's deck is now completely with people, with some forced to stay in a life raft attached to the ship
Aerial footage shows that the craft's deck is now completely with people, with some forced to stay in a life raft attached to the ship
Crew members and rescued workers stand on the deck of the Louise Michel as their mission to rescue migrants is halted after the boat became overcrowded
Crew members and rescued workers stand on the deck of the Louise Michel as their mission to rescue migrants is halted after the boat became overcrowded
Aerial footage shows that the craft's deck is now completely with people, with some forced to stay in a life raft attached to the ship.
The vessel was bought with the proceeds of some of Banksy's works and is captained by a professional crew with a 'flat hierarchy and a vegan diet'.
The Guardian reported that the British street artist first made contact with Pia Klemp, an experienced captain of a number NGO boats, in September 2019 asking to help.
The project aims to help fill a void left by European authorities, who the organisers say are 'leaving desperate people to drift helplessly at sea'.
The Louise Michel - named after a French anarchist and teacher who was exiled from her country - has a mission statement to 'uphold maritime law and rescue anyone in peril without prejudice'.

2 comments:

  1. So, Banksy is now a people smuggler? You started this attempt at illegal immigration, pal, you pay for it. I do not want my taxes wasted on celebrity stunts.

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