Watch: Updated: 44 migrants including 3 children, disembarked in Malta

44 migrants which include 3 children, have been disembarked at the AFM base at Haywharf.

Those on board were earlier transferred from the Sea Eye rescue vessel ‘Alan Kurdi’.

A source told Newsbook.com.mt that the migrants originated from Syria, Libya, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Guinea.

The youngest of the three children is understood to be 15 months old, while the other two are aged 3 and 5 years old.

AFM had earlier told Newsbook.com.mt that those on board the ‘Alan Kurdi’ rescue vessel, were set to be transferred to a Maltese patrol vessel, bound for Malta.

They did not, however, provide details of when the disembarkation will take place, although this was later confirmed to be 4.15PM local time.

According to the vessel’s German NGO operator Sea Eye, the crew of the Alan Kurdi received a distress call about the migrants during Monday late afternoon.  It is understood that the migrants had been adrift in a wooden boat since Saturday. The rescue vessel promptly responded to the emergency.

The rescue is understood to have been conducted in cooperation with the Maltese authorities.

The news of the rescue comes only a few short days after the Alan Kurdi had rescued 65 asylum seekers which were later disembarked in Malta on Sunday evening.

Updated (2): Asylum seekers rescued by Alan Kurdi disembark in Malta