Italy: Judge Orders Release of Captain that Docked Migrant-Rescue Ship

first_imgAn Italian judge has ordered the release of a German captain arrested on June 29 for docking the search and rescue vessel Sea-Watch 3 with 40 migrants onboard.Captain Carola Rackete was taken into custody after carrying the migrants and refugees that she had rescued off Libya into the Italian Port of Lampedusa, despite attempts by the Italian Coastguard to block the rescue boat from entering the port.Rackete’s arrest followed the European Court of Human Rights refusing a request to disembark the rescued migrants in Italy. Sixty hours after declaring a state of emergency on board, Rackete entered the port to bring the migrant crew who had been rescued 17 days earlier to safety, according to the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF).“Although we acknowledge the political complexity migration issues in the Mediterranean, today we’re relieved that Captain Rackete has been released,” said ITF Seafarers Section Chair Dave Heindel.“The Italian authorities have quickly concluded that Sea-Watch 3 entered the port because of valid safety concerns for the people on board and that Rackete had been carrying out her duty to protect life, not as a deliberate challenge to the right of Italy to protect its borders,” Heindel added.#FreeCarola continued: “I would like to stress that the whole crew of the #SeaWatch3 made this possible. Even though the attention is on me, it was as a team that we rescued the people, took care of them and brought them to safety.” #DefendSolidarity ? pic.twitter.com/BBEuKAEaYV— Sea-Watch International (@seawatch_intl) July 2, 2019The Sea-Watch 3 rescue set off an unprecedented political debate in Italy about immigration, the criminalisation of rescuing migrants and the nation’s obligation to rescue lives in danger at sea.The ITF has raised concerns over the European Union’s lack of direction to find a political solution to the issue of migrants at sea numerous times, and that Italy has been often left to deal with the issue as an individual member state instead of as part of the European community.last_img read more

Worker Loses Arm in Freak Accident at Fort Lauderdale Construction Site

first_imgA construction worker had an arm severed when he fell at a Fort Lauderdale job site.The incident happened as an elevator came down Thursday afternoon, rescue officials say.Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue said they responded just before 3 p.m. to the downtown site off NE 7th Street and 4th Ave.When paramedics arrived, they discovered that a 39-year-old man had been working on the 6th floor when he fell to the 5th floor, next to an elevator shaft. The elevator was coming down at the time and severed his arm.Construction workers were able to pull the man safely down to the ground floor, and paramedics brought him to Broward Health to be treated for his injuries.Fire officials say he was alert when transported to the hospital, and was to undergo surgery late Thursday.Alta Developers said the man is an employee of L&R Structural, a subcontractor working at EON II Flagler Village, a multifamily development that is under construction.“Safety is a top priority at every one of our projects,” Juan Carlos Freyre, executive VP of the development company, said in a statement. “We will continue to monitor this situation and his condition. Our thoughts and prayers go out to this individual and his family.”last_img read more

Gov. DeSantis Suspends Tolls on Some FL Highways Ahead of Dorian

first_imgGovernor Ron DeSantis announced the suspension of tolls on several Florida highways Sunday afternoon, as preparations continue ahead of a possible impact from Hurricane Dorian.Tolls have been suspended until further notice on these highways:Florida’s TurnpikeAlligator AlleySawgrass ExpresswayBeachline ExpresswayEast and West Beltway, 417 and 429last_img