Standoff at Sea: 104 Survivors Left Waiting on Rescue Ship


The Ocean Viking, a search and rescue ship operated by SOS MEDITERRANEE and Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), rescued 104 people in international waters off the coast of Libya on October 18. The survivors, including two pregnant women and 41 children, remain on board in a state of uncertainty. In this video, MSF project coordinator Jay Berger describes how MSF is caring for the survivors on board: “We’re able to provide them showers, food, medical treatment, and someone to listen to and talk to them so they can realize that there are people who care for them.” MSF is calling on European states to facilitate the assignment of a port to safely disembark the survivors as soon as possible.