A rescue boat transporting 60 migrants who were rescued in the waters off Libya is on its way to Barcelona Sunday after Italy and Malta both denied port to the vessel Saturday.
As Italy and Malta squabbled Saturday over why they weren't the appropriate landing spots for the boat — each argued the other was closer to the point of rescue in the Mediterranean Sea — Barcelona's mayor, Ada Colau, stepped in and offered her city.
The vessel is now scheduled to dock there on Wednesday.
The boat, known as the Open Arms, which is operated by the Spanish humanitarian group Proactiva Open Arms, came upon the migrants in a "rubber dinghy held together with duct tape," according to The Associated Press.
The passengers included five women and four children.
The AP picks up with what transpired after the rescue:
Italy's right-wing Interior Minister Matteo Salvini quickly declared that the rescue boat "can forget about arriving in an Italian port" and claimed the boat should go to Malta, the nearest port.