Hundreds of people evacuated from Banksy-funded rescue ship after overcrowding

German charity Sea-Watch and the Italian coastguard sent vessels to a rescue boat funded by the British street artist after it issued urgent calls for assistance, saying it was stranded in the Mediterranean and overloaded with people.
Hundreds of people on board the MV Louise Michel were transferred to safety on to the SeaWatch4, while an Italian coastguard patrol boat took 49 of those considered most vulnerable on board, transferring them to the southern Italian island of Lampedusa
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