Reprinted with permission from MediaMatters.
The C-Star, a ship used by anti-immigrant group Defend Europe to disrupt humanitarian search and rescue missions in the Mediterranean Sea, has been “stranded in the Central Mediterranean,” the Independent reported. Italian officials told Sea-Eye, a German nongovernmental organization (NGO) that operates rescue ships in the Mediterranean, that Defend Europe’s vessel “had suffered a mechanical failure and could not maneuver,” according to the report. Sea-Eye Chairman Michael Buschheuer confirmed that one of the group’s rescue ships had been dispatched to help the stranded vessel, saying, “To help a ship in distress in the duty of anyone at sea, without regard for their origin, race, religion or beliefs.”
Defend Europe previously accused Sea-Eye, and other groups, of “colluding” with Libyan human traffickers.…