> Jubilation as they spot land ahead. Pulled out of the Mediterranean Sea. Taking on the desperate and dangerous journey from Libya to Italy. After 48 hours on this rescue vessel, they are finally reaching European shores.>> I'm Reuters reporter Mia Womersley on board the Responder with 347 migrants who are anxious to disembark.
We've arrived in the Port of Brindisi in the heel of Italy, and they will now be handed over to the Italian authorities.>> Aziz left Morocoo four years ago to find work as a mechanic in Libya. There, the conflict made him fear for his life. And when all his papers were stolen, he boarded a rubber boat to head north.
>> Yeah, I feel good. Yes, I feel good. I wanna thank you so much. All the people, we give the help for all these people, yeah.>> What do you think is going to happen now?>> Actually, I don't know what can happen. But I hopes it can happen good for everybody.
>> The migrants disembark one by one. A quick goodbye and thank you to the crew who have saved them, and the medics who have treated them. Widespread uncertainty about the future, but it's not enough to spoil this moment.>> Well I know, I'm just excited. Seeing myself in Italy, I'm excited, thank you.
>> I would like to be work in Italy, and stay here and make some money. And send back home to solve my problems before I can get back home.>> These men, women, and children will now be taken to reception centers. There they'll undergo further medical checks, screenings, and registration.
After that, the lengthy process of claiming asylum can begin. Back on board, a swift turnaround. Since June, the Migrant Offshore Aid Station has saved over 16,300 lives on two of these ships. The sooner this one is cleaned and restocked, the sooner it can head back out to sea to help save more.