Banksy's Rescue Boat Should Shame Governments!

Published August 31st, 2020 - 07:20 GMT

British street artist Banksy is funding a boat crewed by volunteers to rescue refugees in the Mediterranean. 

A huge, bright pink yacht emblazoned with Banksy’s art rescued people who set off from North Africa and were found distressed in the Mediterranean Sea.

The crew on the Louise Michel, named after a French anarchist, sent out tweets on Friday night and Saturday calling for “immediate assistance” from authorities in Malta, Italy, and Germany and denounced the EU’s supposed ‘Fortress Europe’ migration policy.

Hundreds of migrants were lifted to safety from a rescue boat after it became so overcrowded that it was in danger of capsizing in the Mediterranean.
 

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Banksy’s ship is overloaded after rescuing people from a paralysed sinking boat (Twitter)

Banksy’s ship is overloaded after rescuing people from a paralysed sinking boat (Twitter)

Crew members of civil sea rescue ship Sea-Watch 4 and medical Doctors Without Borders (MSF) on inflatable boats help migrants to get off the rescue ship (AFP)

Crew members of civil sea rescue ship Sea-Watch 4 and medical Doctors Without Borders (MSF) on inflatable boats help migrants to get off the rescue ship (AFP)

On Wednesday, 45 people – including five children – died when the engine on their boat exploded off the coast of Libya. A migrant being lowered onto Sea-Watch 4 (AFP)

On Wednesday, 45 people – including five children – died when the engine on their boat exploded off the coast of Libya. A migrant being lowered onto Sea-Watch 4 (AFP)

The Louise Michel last night remained dangerously overloaded and was said to be 'losing its balance' but other rescue ships have started to help get migrants off the boat (AFP)

The Louise Michel last night remained dangerously overloaded and was said to be 'losing its balance' but other rescue ships have started to help get migrants off the boat (AFP)

A crew member takes the temperature of a migrant  who has just been helped off Banksy's ship who is wearing protective clothes and a face mask (AFP)

A crew member takes the temperature of a migrant who has just been helped off Banksy's ship who is wearing protective clothes and a face mask (AFP)

'Solar blankets' are often used in emergency situations because they keep the body warm during cold weather and deflect heat during hot weather (AFP)

'Solar blankets' are often used in emergency situations because they keep the body warm during cold weather and deflect heat during hot weather (AFP)

Civil sea rescue ship Sea-Watch 4 crew and Doctors without Borders members help migrants and cover them with blankets  (AFP)

Civil sea rescue ship Sea-Watch 4 crew and Doctors without Borders members help migrants and cover them with blankets (AFP)

Migrants who have just been helped off the Louise Michel queue to see crew members and doctors including an injured man with crutches (AFP)

Migrants who have just been helped off the Louise Michel queue to see crew members and doctors including an injured man with crutches (AFP)

Appealing for help, Lea Reisner, head of operations for the Louise Michel, said: 'The people have sat in a mix of salt water and fuel for days' (AFP)

Appealing for help, Lea Reisner, head of operations for the Louise Michel, said: 'The people have sat in a mix of salt water and fuel for days' (AFP)

Alp Mehmet, chairman of campaign group Migration Watch, said: 'Although Banksy may think what he is doing is helping, his actions are only serving to encourage this evil trade of migrant trafficking (AFP)

Alp Mehmet, chairman of campaign group Migration Watch, said: 'Although Banksy may think what he is doing is helping, his actions are only serving to encourage this evil trade of migrant trafficking (AFP)

The Sea-Watch 4 vessel  has a clinic and has already rescued 201 migrants onboard and is itself still in search of a host port (AFP)

The Sea-Watch 4 vessel has a clinic and has already rescued 201 migrants onboard and is itself still in search of a host port (AFP)

The 100ft former French navy vessel, named after a female anarchist, had been almost double its maximum safe capacity of 120 and was said to be 'losing its balance' (AFP)

The 100ft former French navy vessel, named after a female anarchist, had been almost double its maximum safe capacity of 120 and was said to be 'losing its balance' (AFP)

Migrants rescued by Sea-Watch 4 a week ago in the international waters off Libya watch crew members of civil sea rescue ship Sea-Watch 4 on inflatable boats help migrants to get off the rescue ship (AFP)

Migrants rescued by Sea-Watch 4 a week ago in the international waters off Libya watch crew members of civil sea rescue ship Sea-Watch 4 on inflatable boats help migrants to get off the rescue ship (AFP)

Banksy's rescue boat (Twitter)

Banksy's rescue boat (Twitter)

Banksy's rescue boat (Twitter)

Banksy's rescue boat (Twitter)

Banksy’s ship is overloaded after rescuing people from a paralysed sinking boat (Twitter)
Crew members of civil sea rescue ship Sea-Watch 4 and medical Doctors Without Borders (MSF) on inflatable boats help migrants to get off the rescue ship (AFP)
On Wednesday, 45 people – including five children – died when the engine on their boat exploded off the coast of Libya. A migrant being lowered onto Sea-Watch 4 (AFP)
The Louise Michel last night remained dangerously overloaded and was said to be 'losing its balance' but other rescue ships have started to help get migrants off the boat (AFP)
A crew member takes the temperature of a migrant  who has just been helped off Banksy's ship who is wearing protective clothes and a face mask (AFP)
'Solar blankets' are often used in emergency situations because they keep the body warm during cold weather and deflect heat during hot weather (AFP)
Civil sea rescue ship Sea-Watch 4 crew and Doctors without Borders members help migrants and cover them with blankets  (AFP)
Migrants who have just been helped off the Louise Michel queue to see crew members and doctors including an injured man with crutches (AFP)
Appealing for help, Lea Reisner, head of operations for the Louise Michel, said: 'The people have sat in a mix of salt water and fuel for days' (AFP)
Alp Mehmet, chairman of campaign group Migration Watch, said: 'Although Banksy may think what he is doing is helping, his actions are only serving to encourage this evil trade of migrant trafficking (AFP)
The Sea-Watch 4 vessel  has a clinic and has already rescued 201 migrants onboard and is itself still in search of a host port (AFP)
The 100ft former French navy vessel, named after a female anarchist, had been almost double its maximum safe capacity of 120 and was said to be 'losing its balance' (AFP)
Migrants rescued by Sea-Watch 4 a week ago in the international waters off Libya watch crew members of civil sea rescue ship Sea-Watch 4 on inflatable boats help migrants to get off the rescue ship (AFP)
Banksy's rescue boat (Twitter)
Banksy's rescue boat (Twitter)
Banksy’s ship is overloaded after rescuing people from a paralysed sinking boat (Twitter)
Banksy’s ship is overloaded after rescuing people from a paralysed sinking boat (Twitter)
Crew members of civil sea rescue ship Sea-Watch 4 and medical Doctors Without Borders (MSF) on inflatable boats help migrants to get off the rescue ship (AFP)
Crew members of civil sea rescue ship Sea-Watch 4 and medical Doctors Without Borders (MSF) on inflatable boats help migrants to get off the rescue ship (AFP)
On Wednesday, 45 people – including five children – died when the engine on their boat exploded off the coast of Libya. A migrant being lowered onto Sea-Watch 4 (AFP)
On Wednesday, 45 people – including five children – died when the engine on their boat exploded off the coast of Libya. A migrant being lowered onto Sea-Watch 4 (AFP)
The Louise Michel last night remained dangerously overloaded and was said to be 'losing its balance' but other rescue ships have started to help get migrants off the boat (AFP)
The Louise Michel last night remained dangerously overloaded and was said to be 'losing its balance' but other rescue ships have started to help get migrants off the boat (AFP)
A crew member takes the temperature of a migrant  who has just been helped off Banksy's ship who is wearing protective clothes and a face mask (AFP)
A crew member takes the temperature of a migrant who has just been helped off Banksy's ship who is wearing protective clothes and a face mask (AFP)
'Solar blankets' are often used in emergency situations because they keep the body warm during cold weather and deflect heat during hot weather (AFP)
'Solar blankets' are often used in emergency situations because they keep the body warm during cold weather and deflect heat during hot weather (AFP)
Civil sea rescue ship Sea-Watch 4 crew and Doctors without Borders members help migrants and cover them with blankets  (AFP)
Civil sea rescue ship Sea-Watch 4 crew and Doctors without Borders members help migrants and cover them with blankets (AFP)
Migrants who have just been helped off the Louise Michel queue to see crew members and doctors including an injured man with crutches (AFP)
Migrants who have just been helped off the Louise Michel queue to see crew members and doctors including an injured man with crutches (AFP)
Appealing for help, Lea Reisner, head of operations for the Louise Michel, said: 'The people have sat in a mix of salt water and fuel for days' (AFP)
Appealing for help, Lea Reisner, head of operations for the Louise Michel, said: 'The people have sat in a mix of salt water and fuel for days' (AFP)
Alp Mehmet, chairman of campaign group Migration Watch, said: 'Although Banksy may think what he is doing is helping, his actions are only serving to encourage this evil trade of migrant trafficking (AFP)
Alp Mehmet, chairman of campaign group Migration Watch, said: 'Although Banksy may think what he is doing is helping, his actions are only serving to encourage this evil trade of migrant trafficking (AFP)
The Sea-Watch 4 vessel  has a clinic and has already rescued 201 migrants onboard and is itself still in search of a host port (AFP)
The Sea-Watch 4 vessel has a clinic and has already rescued 201 migrants onboard and is itself still in search of a host port (AFP)
The 100ft former French navy vessel, named after a female anarchist, had been almost double its maximum safe capacity of 120 and was said to be 'losing its balance' (AFP)
The 100ft former French navy vessel, named after a female anarchist, had been almost double its maximum safe capacity of 120 and was said to be 'losing its balance' (AFP)
Migrants rescued by Sea-Watch 4 a week ago in the international waters off Libya watch crew members of civil sea rescue ship Sea-Watch 4 on inflatable boats help migrants to get off the rescue ship (AFP)
Migrants rescued by Sea-Watch 4 a week ago in the international waters off Libya watch crew members of civil sea rescue ship Sea-Watch 4 on inflatable boats help migrants to get off the rescue ship (AFP)
Banksy's rescue boat (Twitter)
Banksy's rescue boat (Twitter)
Banksy's rescue boat (Twitter)
Banksy's rescue boat (Twitter)

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