Sea Watch denies Italian media claims that it is heading to Malta

FILE PHOTO: Migrants rest on board the Sea Watch 3 off the coast of Siracusa, Italy, January 27, 2019. REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane/File Photo

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

German civil search and rescue NGO Sea-Watch which carried out the rescue using its vessel Sea-Watch 3, has denied claims made by the Italian media that it is heading to Malta. Sea-Watch rescued 52 asylum seekers from a dinghy which was taking in water off the Libyan coast.

Sources have told that the rescued asylum seekers will be taken to Lampedusa as this is the closest port of safety.

According to Rai, Sea-Watch 3 was on its way to Malta after the NGO refused to disembark the rescuees in Libya citing that it was not a recognised port of safety.