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Yet Defend Europe's C-Star was itself recently detained in the self-declared Turkish state of Northern Cyprus for document forgery and potential human trafficking of 20 Sri Lankan nationals found on board.

The Italian marine rescue service in Rome, the MRCC, informed Sea-Eye that its cutter was the closest vessel to the C-Star, and so was dispatched to help.

EU NAVFOR spokesperson Capt. Ettore Ruiu confirmed to BuzzFeed News that a patrol aircraft had spotted C-Star in global waters near Libya at 9.00 a.m. local time (3.00 a.m. ET) having experienced an engine breakdown.

Sea-Eye chairman Michael Buchheuer said it was prepared to assist in any way necessary.

BuzzFeed News confirmed with a EU NAVFOR spokesperson that the C-Star had been in worldwide waters at the time reported, and that the boat had "experienced an engine breakdown".

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"This means that under (maritime laws to prevent collisions) the vessel is considered "not under command" and information was sent out to vessels nearby in accordance with regulations..." Defend Europe's ship, the C-Star, stalled out near the coast of Libya and refused rescue by the German NGO Sea-Eye, an organization dedicated to helping migrants and refugees who find themselves in distress while crossing the Mediterranean.

"This problem is about to be resolved".

A group of young European alt-right chodes belonging to an extreme right wing organization calling itself Generation Identity set out on a mission named "Defend Europe" which entailed sailing the Mediterranean to block refugees from entering the continent from North Africa.

The group, an offshoot of the white nationalist Identitarian movement, crowdfunded its ship with claims it would target "criminal NGOs...that are nothing less than part of the worldwide human trafficking ring".

A spokeswoman for SOS Méditerranée, which operates the Aquarius rescue ship, told Reuters, "Any attempt of interference would endanger the lives of people in need of protection".