Anti-immigration heroes whose boat was reported in trouble told us they had got their engines going again. The heroic C-Star, which has vowed to expose the collaboration between sea-taxis and nigger smugglers, earlier had developed a minor technical problem during the night, leaving it adrift but not in distress.
Germany’s Sea-Eye, one of nine sea-taxis involved in migrant search and rescue (SAR) operations and a target of the C-Star’s campaign, said it had been asked by the MRCC (command center in Rome) to assist the ship.
But later C-Star told us that the boat, which had only just got going against after being blocked for five days off the coast of Tunisia, simply stopped its engines to resolve a technical problem. This was what set off a signal to other boats in the nearby area, but not asking for help. The Sea-Eye returned to its previous route and activities once it was told its help was not needed by the C-Star.
The C-Star has been plagued with problems since its mission began last month. It was initially refused permission to travel through the Suez Canal, before later being blocked over legal questions in Turkish occupied Northern Cyprus.
After finally making it to Libya’s SAR zone, it needed to refuel but found itself stuck off the coast of Tunisia earlier this week after fishermen and a powerful Tunisian union refused to allow passage.
The 40-meter long ship, which is flying under a Mongolian flag, is leased by the patriotic group Generation Identity.
Funded by internet-collected donations, the Austrian, French, German and Italian activists on board have vowed to ensure migrants rescued at sea off Libya be returned to Africa.
Two NGO ships were badgered at sea by the C-Star last week with a radio message telling them to leave the rescue zone and stop acting as an incentive for human traffickers. The message echoed one transmitted by the Libyan navy, which has banned any unauthorized foreign ships from entering the SAR zone off its coast.