The situation on Open Arms is explosive – Agrigento Chief Prosecutor

epa07781138 Migrants of the Open Arms rescue ship on board after 18 days at sea during the visit of Lampedusa's Mayor Salvatore Martello off Lampedusa, Italy, 19 August 2019. The Spanish aid organization Proactiva Open Arms raised the possibility to transfer the migrants to Catania, Sicily, and then charter them to Spain, whose government offered to receive them. EPA-EFE/Francisco Gentico

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The situation aboard the Spanish NGO migrant rescue ship Open Arms is “explosive”, Agrigento chief prosecutor Luigi Patronaggio said Tuesday adding that he was travelling to Lampedusa by helicopter to monitor the situation and “restore calm so that no one gets hurt”.

“The commitment and attention are maximum to ensure the safety of the persons on board,” he said.

Patronaggio is taking with him a team of medics, sources said.

On Tuesday morning a migrant threw himself into the sea and was taken to a clinic on the island. Another nine migrants threw themselves into the water around noon and tried to swim to the island.

They were picked up by coast guard vessels and offloaded onto the dockside.

ANSA / Corriere Della Sera 

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