A German humanitarian rescue ship went to the aid of a vessel run by a group of anti-immigration activists on Friday, but were told when they arrived that their help was not needed.
The Sea-Eye charity's founder Michael Buschheuer said the Italian coastguard had asked his ship to set course for the activists' C-Star
vessel because it was in distress.
The Identitarian group running C-star, however, denied on Twitter that the vessel was in distress but said it had alerted other vessels because its main engine had stopped due to "a minor technical problem". Once the Sea-Eye arrived, the C-Star refused assistance, Sea-Eye's Buschheuer told Reuters by telephone. "We had radio contact. They said they don't need or want our help," Buschheuer said.