Updated: 4 pregnant women among 102 people rescued in second operation by Ocean Viking

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

A total of 176 people were rescued in two separate operations by the charity vessel Ocean Viking. The second rescue earlier on Sunday afternoon, saw 102 people brought to safety 40nm off the Libyan Coast. Among the group, 12 women four of which are pregnant and nine children.

According to information released by SOS Mediterranee there were 27 minors among the group. Three children are under the age of five while 17 are unaccompanied minors.

The people are claiming to be from Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Conakry, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sudan and Togo.

On October 3, the Ocean Viking which is operated by SOS Mediterranee and Doctors Without Borders left the port of Marseilles.

74 people including 6 minors rescued by Ocean Viking

74 people in distress were rescued off the Libyan coast from a rubber boat.

Migrant hotline Alarm Phone said that the charity vessel Ocean Viking carried out the rescue after it alerted the vessel. According to Alarm Phone among those rescued are six minors.

Both the Italian Coastguard and Ocean Viking which is operated by SOS Mediterranee and Doctors Without Borders, were notified by Alarm Phone about a case of a boat in distress.

The group was successfully rescued by Ocean Viking later on at night, around 11.30pm.

The search and rescue mission took place 50nm off the Libyan coast. SOS Mediterranee remarked that “all seem to be stable”.

According to information released by SOS Mediterranee, there are six unaccompanied minors among the group consisting of only male individuals.

The people hail from Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon, Guinea Conakry, Gambia, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Guinea Bisseau, and Sierra Leone.