The groups were forced to end operations using the Aquarius in December 2018 [File: Pau Barrena/AFP]

The SOS Mediterranee and Doctors Without Borders (MSF) charities have relaunched migrant rescue operations off Libya, seven months after they were forced to abandon efforts using their ship Aquarius.

The two groups “are back at sea with a new vessel, the Ocean Viking, to conduct search and rescue activities in the central Mediterranean“, according to a statement published on Sunday.

“As people are still fleeing Libya on one of the most perilous sea crossings in the world, and with almost no available rescue assets present in the central Mediterranean, it has been an imperative for both SOS Mediterranee and MSF to return.”

Funded in partnership with MSF, the Norwegian-flagged Ocean

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