‘We don’t want to be rescued’: Tunisian migrants turn down charity boat and vow to continue to Italy

A boatload of Tunisian migrants – including two children suffering from exposure – declined the chance to be rescued by the charity ship Aquarius, as they vowed to continue unaided to the Italian island of Lampedusa.

On August 12, the Aquarius was alerted to a boat in distress in the Mediterranean, and was told by the Libyan joint rescue coordination centre to proceed to the vessel to rescue those on board, according to The Guardian.

The vessel was carrying 11 people sailing without life jackets – nine men and two children – all of whom were reported by the Aquarius as being in ‘good condition’.