The Siem Pilot, an offshore supply vessel now being used to help rescue refugees adrift in the Mediterranean, came to the aid of another 419 refugees on Sunday. The state secretary overseeing Norway’s involvement in the rescue efforts, Jøran Kallmyr of the Progress Party, described the situation as “still dramatic.”
The vessel’s rescue operation came just after it took on more than 750 stranded refugees last week. Kallmyr was in Sicily on Monday when crew members on board the Siem Pilot extended their duty to handle the new emergency.
“There was no opportunity for me to thank them,” Kallmyr told news bureau NTB. “I’m very glad they made the new rescue effort a priority, and am impressed by the job they’re doing.” A new crew for the vessel was due to come on board this week.
Kallmyr said that in addition to continuing the rescue operations, efforts must also continue to fight the human smugglers that place desperate refugees on board rickety boats in North Africa, in the hopes of winning asylum in Europe.