Rescuers say 65-70 people were on Shell’s oil platform where they ‘worked all night’.
More than 70 people who want to cross the Mediterranean have fled to the oil refinery before being handed over to Tunisian officials, the giant Shell and the Rescue Service.
Rescue train Louise Michel announced in a statement Tuesday that it had rescued 31 people in a sailing boat ahead of the season when “another 65-70 people have been working all night on Shell’s oil platform” as they boarded.
Shell in Tunisia confirmed that an unprecedented number of migrants reached its Miskar tower, which is about 120km (75 miles) off the coast of Tunisia, at 8pm Tunis (19:00 GMT) on Monday.
“The migrants were assisted by providing them with water, food and dry clothes,” the company said, adding that it had notified Tunisian government officials.
It added: “The migrants were successfully evacuated to the Tunisian ship on January 4, 2022 around 2pm during Tunis”.
The Louise Michel is a 30-meter (98-foot) old French submarine decorated by the iconic British Banksy artist, one of her sponsors.
It is one of the few rescue vessels operating in the Mediterranean, as well as thousands of refugees try to reach Europe each year, usually on lost and overcrowded boats.
It is not uncommon for some of the most vulnerable to be able to flee to seashell platforms, despite users warning that it could be dangerous.
More than 115,000 people arrived at sea in Italy, Greece, Spain, Cyprus and Malta last year, with about 1,800 dead or missing, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).