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Migrant rescue boat heading to aid of anti-migrant vessel in Mediterranean

11 August 2017

In an owning of comical, corncob proportions, a group of far-right YouTubers sailing around the Mediterranean Sea to "defend Europe" from nongovernmental refugee organizations has received assistance from, none other than, one of those organizations.

A spokesman for Sea-Eye, which has been accused of "colluding" with Libyan people smugglers, confirmed it was headed to the stranded ship.

The Sea-Eye charity's founder, Michael Buschheuer, said on Friday that the Italian coastguard had asked his ship to set course for the activists' C-Star vessel because it was in distress.

Defend Europe, which is an offshoot of the white nationalist Identitarian movement, claims rescuing refugees from the Mediterranean is an "invasion" endangering the continent.

HuffPost UK reported yesterday how the C-Star had been unusually quiet for the last few days as it hovered around the coast of Tunisia, far from its intended target of the search and rescue zones near the Libyan shore. Several crew members reportedly later sought asylum.

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On August 11, the United Kingdom anti-extremism research and education group Hope Not Hate issued a formal complaint and request for an inspection of the ship in the wake of its technical failure, pointing out that this incident is further confirmation of what the organization has already reported - that the ship is ill-equipped to care for the migrants it claims it can rescue.

The group made no mention of how the problem was being resolved.

A German humanitarian rescue ship went to the aid of a vessel run by a group of anti-immigration activists today, but were told when they arrived that their help was not needed.

"C Star developed a minor technical problem during the night", it said.

The refugee rescue group Sea-Eye said in a Facebook post that it had been instructed by the EU's Operation Sophia to help the C-Star, bought by Generation Identity with the "Defend Europe" campaign.

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Defend Europe has played down the incident.

Defend Europe confirmed its ship was suffering a "minor technical problem" that was being resolved.

"This meant that under under [international regulations] the vessel is considered 'not under command'".

The group, an offshoot of the white nationalist Identitarian movement, crowdfunded its ship with claims it would target "criminal NGOs...that are nothing less than part of the worldwide human trafficking ring".

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Migrant rescue boat heading to aid of anti-migrant vessel in Mediterranean