Sea Eye is asking Italy or Malta to open a port to the ship. Italy's anti-migration interior minister, Matteo Salvini, said the Alan Kurdi, like other private rescue ships before it, won't be welcome in Italy.
"A ship with a German flag, German NGO, German ship owner, captain from Hamburg. It responded in Libyan waters and asks for a safe port. Good, go to Hamburg," Salvini said. Both Italy and Malta have refused to accept ships that humanitarian groups have patrolling the Mediterranean Sea, leading to numerous delays in getting rescued migrants to land while European countries haggle over which will take them in.
Sea Eye said another 50 migrants it has been searching for since Monday remain missing.
This story has been corrected to show that the German humanitarian group involved is Sea Eye, not Sea-Watch.