>> We don't want to be rescued, say these Tunisian migrants, highlighting the range of challenges that rescuers in the Mediterranean face. The rescue dinghy is from the Aquarius charity ship, which has struggled to find safe ports to land migrants since the far right government took power in Italy in June.
>> Just tell them that we'll bring them some food and some water for the time being. They are definitely allowed to continue on their way, but we will continue to monitor them for their safety.>> Nine men and two miners, they say they're heading for the Italian island of Lampedusa.
The Italian Coast Guard did later pick them up, and they're likely to be repatriated. Meanwhile, the Aquarius is again seeking safe harbor for more than 114 migrants it rescued off the Libyan coast last week. It's the ships first rescue since June when it found itself at the heart of a row over EU immigration policy.
First Italy, then Malta, refused to let the Aquarius dock, carrying more than 600 migrants, forcing it to spend nine days at sea. Most charity ships have now stopped patrolling off the coast of Libya.