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Rescue boat funded by Banksy saves refugees


A medic on board a Banksy-funded rescue boat, Leona Blankenstein, explains how the crew saved 89 refugees from a rubber dinghy amid a storm in the Mediterranean Sea. The Louise Michel, a former French navy vessel, launched under its new guise last week and features a painting from Banksy depicting a young girl holding on to a heart-shaped safety float. The boat was renamed after a 19th-century French anarchist, and is spattered in pink paint after the secretive artist “decorated her with a fire extinguisher”. It was bought with the proceeds of some of Banksy’s works and is captained by a professional crew with a “flat hierarchy and a vegan diet”.

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