Banksy funds refugee rescue boat operating in Mediterranean | Refugees | The Guardian
The British street artist #Banksy has financed a boat to rescue refugees attempting to reach Europe from north Africa, the Guardian can reveal.
The vessel, named #Louise_Michel after a French feminist anarchist, set off in secrecy on 18 August from the Spanish seaport of Burriana, near Valencia, and is now in the central Mediterranean where on Thursday it rescued 89 people in distress, including 14 women and four children.
It is now looking for a safe seaport to disembark the passengers or to transfer them to a European coastguard vessel.[...]
Banksy’s involvement in the rescue mission goes back to September 2019 when he sent an email to #Pia_Klemp, the former captain of several NGO boats that have rescued thousands of people over recent years.