On Friday 22nd November, 2019 – The Offshore Patrol Vessel P 62 with 76 migrants onboard, including two toddlers under the age of five years old disembarked at Haywharf Base around 1115 hrs.
On Twitter, the humanitarian NGO Alarm Phone said that on Thursday they were alerted that a boat fleeing Libya was in distress, which includes 13 women and several children.
According to Reuters, one young man from Niger was suffering from gunshot wounds which he said were sustained in a Libyan detention centre in early November.
The organisation added that they lost contact with the boat at around 1830 hrs on Thursday. The Maltese and Italian authorities were informed.
It is the latest rescue by an Open Arms vessel in the Mediterranean, where more than 1,000 migrants on their way from north Africa to Europe are believed have drowned or are missing so far in 2019, according to UN figures.
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Published – Thursday 28th November 2019