Church and German government representatives have urged Europe to act as an NGO ship from the German charity Sea-Watch carrying 32 migrants entered its fourteenth day stranded at sea after both Italy and Malta refused to offer a safe port of call.
The politicians boarded the Sea-Watch 3 in the morning in order to see for themselves the situation on the ship.
German parliamentarian for the Social Democrats Party, Helge Lindh, said the German government should act immediately in order to prevent a humanitarian crisis.
The Sea-Watch vessel has been at sea with the migrants, including three small children who are suffering from sea sickness and four teenagers, since December 22.
The vessel is now in Maltese waters sheltering from high winds and rough seas.