Spain migrant Assistance group says Italy Simplifies its rescue ship

Spain migrant aid group says Italy frees its rescue ship

Spain migrant aid group says Italy frees its rescue ship

A Spanish aid group that rescues migrants in the Mediterranean has said that Italian authorities have released the organization's ship after impounding it for taking 218 migrants to Italy.

Proactiva Open Arms founder Oscar Camps says in a tweet Monday the ship is still free to depart from the Sicilian port of Pozzallo.

The magistrate ruled that worldwide standards call for those rescued at sea to be brought somewhere "safe" - and that Libya was not safe, the ANSA news agency reported.

The investigation comes from a tense highseas stand off month between the Libyan coast guard and the Open Arms crew. The group refused to hand over the migrants they had picked up in global waters and took them to Italy, where the ship was immediately impounded.