28 adrift in Maltese search-and-rescue zone – Alarm Phone

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

A group of 28 people are in distress at sea in Malta’s search-and-rescue zone, NGO Alarm Phone reported on Sunday afternoon.

The NGO, which runs a hotline for people crossing the Mediterranean Sea in a bid to reach safety in Europe, said that the group have ended up adrift on a wooden boat after their fuel ran out.

“They need to be rescued immediately. RCC Malta, do not evade your duty again,” it exclaimed.

In an interview earlier in the day, Prime Minister Robert Abela insisted that Malta could not do more or take in more asylum seekers than it would have.

Abela was challenged on Malta’s migration policy by his interviewer, activist and presenter Peppi Azzopardi, but refused to state whether he was concerned about the fate asylum seekers faced in Libya.