Photos: 65 asylum seekers including children rescued by Sea Watch

Sea Watch

65 people have been rescued by Sea-Watch 3 from a rubber boat in distress about 30 nautical miles off the Libyan coast. Among those rescued are 11 women, a person with disability, 2 babies, 5 children and 8 unaccompanied minors, according to Sea Watch.

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In a statement the civil search and rescue NGO Sea Watch, explained that rubber boat was spotted before by the civilian reconnaissance aircraft Colibri.

The NGO stated that the authorities in Malta, Italy and the Netherlands have been informed, as well as the Libyan authorities.

The Sea-Watch 3 sailed to the search and rescue zone after the Hague lifted a political blockade by the the Dutch Transport Ministry against the ship. The vessel is the only rescue ship, after Mare Jonio, operated by Mediterranea was seized after disembarking 30 rescuees.