Sea Eye rescues 64 migrants off Libya

'All safe aboard'. German NGO ship shd go to Amburg, Salvini

03 April, 18:56

    ROME - The German migrant rescue NGO ship Sea Eye on Wednesday rescued 64 migrants off Libya, the NGO said.
    ''They're all safe aboard our ship,'' it said. The alert went out Wednesday morning when the migrants phoned the Alarm Phone service saying their boat was in trouble off Zuwarah.
    The migrants reportedly include 10 women and six children.
    The rescue operation was completed on Wednesday afternoon and the ONG posted to Facebook a brief video of the migrants, first on a rubber dinghy and then aboard the Alan Kurdi vessel. Some kneel down to give thanks while others are covered in blankets.
    Several children can be seen in the video, including a baby.
    ''Alan Kurdi has successfully completed the operation, rescuing 64 people'', Alarm Phone said on Twitter. ''This case shows the importance of the civilian fleet's direct intervention'' off Libya After a phone call at 10 am, the phone service received a second call from the boat, in which migrants said they needed medical treatment.
    ''We received their GPS position'' but ''the authorities we called could not be reached'' the NGO also said. Indications on the dinghy's position - said Alarm Phone - were sent via email both to the Libyan coast guard and the Alan Kurdi, which was in the area searching for a boat with 50 people on board that is believed to have disappeared two days ago and has not been found yet. "Ship flying German flag, German NGO, German owner and captain from Hamburg. It intervened in Libyan waters and is asking for a safe port. Ok, let it go to Hamburg," said Italian Interior Minister, Matteo Salvini.

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