52 asylum seekers rescued by Sea Watch

FILE PHOTO: The migrant search and rescue ship Sea-Watch 3, operated by German NGO Sea-Watch, is seen off the coast of Malta in the central Mediterranean January 4, 2019. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi/File Photo

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

German civil search and rescue NGO has rescued 52 asylum seekers from a dinghy in distress, about 47 miles off Zawiya, Libya. The asylum seekers were brought to safety on board the NGO’s vessel Sea Watch 3 on Wednesday.

On Twitter, Sea Watch said that the dinghy was first spotted at 9.53am by Colibri an aircraft operated by Pilotes Volontaires, a French NGO providing aerial observational support to NGOs which conduct rescue operations in the Mediterranean sea.

Sea Watch reiterated that it will not stop defending human life at sea.