Rome (dpa) – The crew operating the Alan Kurdi rescue vessel, which is run by the Sea-Eye organization, said on Saturday that it was threatened by Libyan security forces.
Gorden Isler, a spokesman for the crew, told dpa that three Libyan ships pressured the Alan Kurdi and masked people on the vessels fired warning shots into the air and water.
The “acute threatening situation” is over and the Libyans have left, Isler said.
Another vessel with 92 migrants on board was in distress off the Libyan coast and several people had jumped into the water in panic, he added.
“For the crew it was a total shock – we’ve never experienced something like this before,” Isler said.
There has been a recent surge in migrants crossing the Mediterranean from Libya to Italy. In most cases, migrants are not intercepted by rescue vessels and reach Italian shores on their own.