Banksy funds boat to rescue refugees at sea

Banksy funds boat to rescue refugees at sea

Banksy has funded a rescue boat to save refugees encountering danger in the Mediterranean Sea.

The boat, named the Louise Michel, was bought with proceeds from some of the Bristol street artist’s works.

It has already carried out a number of rescue missions, taking on board 89 people from a rubber boat on Tuesday, according to its Twitter account.

The vessel features a painting depicting a young girl holding on to a heart-shaped safety float.

According to UN data, 443 people have died or gone missing attempting to cross the Mediterranean from north Africa so far in 2020.