65 migrants in Maltese waters; one dead – Alarmphone

Migrants held on oil tanker transferred to NGO rescue vessel

Rescued migrants are seen on an Armed Forces of Malta's vessel after arriving in Senglea, in Valletta's Grand Harbour, as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak continues, Malta July 27, 2020. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi

Humanitarian NGO Alarmphone has reported that a vessel with 65 migrants on board is seeking refuge in Malta’s search and rescue zone. It has been alleged that one of the migrants has died.

On their social media, the NGO said that it alerted Maltese and Italian authorities last night, however, it was to no avail. The migrants have been at sea for around 57 hours, and with strong winds and thunderstorms being forecasted in the coming days, the NGO has once again appealed for the authorities to take action.

UPDATE: 12.15h 11/09/2020: We are still in contact with the ~65 people in distress in Malta SAR zone. They have been at…

Posted by Watch The Med – Alarmphone on Thursday, September 10, 2020

Migrants held on oil tanker transferred to NGO rescue vessel

In a separate case, the same NGO announced that the longest stand-off in history has come to an end, as the 27 people on board of Etienne have been transferred to NGO Mediterranea Saving Humans’ vessel Mare Jonio. They are now looking for a safe port.

The NGO has condemned Malta’s behaviour, insisting that its behaviour vis-à-vis the rescued will go down as having caused the longest stand-off in history – “a shameful record to hold.”

BREAKING: The longest stand-off in history comes to an end! Mediterranea Saving Humans transferred the 27 people on…

Posted by Watch The Med – Alarmphone on Friday, September 11, 2020

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