More than 10 jump overboard from migrant ship stranded off Italy

More than 10 of the migrants on a rescue ship stranded off southern Italy jumped overboard and tried to swim ashore on Tuesday as the Spanish charity operating the vessel remained in a stand-off with the Italian government over the migrants’ fate.

The ship Open Arms, at sea for 19 days with almost 100 migrants onboard, has been waiting just off the port of Lampedusa, asking to bring the mostly African migrants ashore despite an Italian ban on private rescue ships docking.

“Nine people have thrown themselves into the water … The situation is out of control,” the Open Arms tweeted, after earlier posting a video of other migrant who had jumped in the water, his way blocked by an Italian Coast Guard boat.

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