What goes around comes around, they say.
In a profoundly ironic twist of fate, the boat that was commissioned by far-right group “Generation Identity” to prevent refugees from coming into Europe, went in distress from the coast of Libya and had to be rescued by a refugee rescue boat.
The refugee rescue group Sea-Eye stated in a Facebook article that it was instructed from the EU’s Operation Sophia to help the C-Star, purchased by Generation Identity with the “Defend Europe” campaign.
The boat went after undergoing failure and was unable to move.
Michael Buschheuer, the chairman of Sea-Eye, stated: “To enable a boat in distress at the duty of anybody at sea without regard for their origin, race, faith or beliefs”
Defend Europe supported on Twitter that the C-Star had been having technical difficulty, but sought to play down the incident saying there was “no distress”.
The statement: “C-Star developed a minor technical problem during the night, so as to rectify until the vessel entered the SAR zone and invisibly nearer to other boats, the main engine has been stopped”
“This usually means that underneath COLREG the vessel is known as ‘not under control’ and advice of the was sent out to boats nearby in accordance with regulations. The issue is about to be solved.”
Generation Identity is a group which wishes to stop refugees by intercepting the ships from arriving.
The group, which contains quite a few alt-right YouTubers, asserts “so called ‘humanitarian’ NGOs have been smuggling hundred thousands of illegal migrants into Europe and therefore are endangering the security and future of the continent.”
In May, Italian authorities detained a few members of Generation Identity following a Periscope live stream where they fired flares at refugee rescue ships from the Mediterranean.
The problems for Defend Europe didn’t stop there.
After they managed to Purchase the C-Star through a crowdfunding campaign in July, the vessel was detained near the Suez Canal.
UPDATE: Aug. 11, 2017, 4:04 p.m. BST C-Star has refused assistance in the refugee rescue boat, Sea Eye stated in a Twitter update: