Migrant rescue ship finally docks in France

Migrant rescue ship finally docks in France
Migrant rescue ship finally docks in France. Image: Alessio Tricani/Shuttertock.com

The Ocean Viking disembarked all 230 rescued people at the Toulon port on Friday.

After being stranded for over two weeks without getting permission to dock in Italy, the migrant rescue ship Ocean Viking finally reached southern France, according to a news report from the Associated Press on Friday, November 11.

All passengers, which included 230 rescued migrants and ship crew finally managed to disembark the ship at the Toulon port. The migrants will now undergo health and security checks, the report stated.

The rescue ship has been in the news for the past few days after being stranded in the Mediterranean Sea as the Italian government denied it entry, while allowing three other private rescue ship’s permission, under the order of Italian prime minister Giorgia Meloni. Meloni sparked further controversy after she claimed that France has decided to accept the migrant rescue ship, despite any such claims by the French government until then. France eventually offered to allow the ship to port on Thursday, November 9.

The report also states that some of the people on the ship had been rescued over three weeks ago from the Mediterranean Sea, according to SOS Mediterranean, the rescue group that operated the ship Ocean Viking. The rescued passengers included 57 children, and over 40 unaccompanied minors.

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