Watch: Migrants rescued in Maltese SAR zone disembark in Italy

Updated 07:01 PM

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

50 migrants rescued from Maltese search and rescue zone, together with an additional 112 persons who had been rescued by the humanitarian NGO SOS Mediterranee, and have started disembarkation in Taranto, Italy, at around 5.20 pm this evening.

Last Friday, the NGO posted that the Ocean Viking ship rescued 112 people from a deflating rubber boat 34 NM from the Libyan coast. Among them were 24 women, including three of whom which were pregnant & 38 children, the youngest just 3 months old. 

On Friday, “we requested a place of safety to the Libyan JRCC, with Maltese and Italian MRCCs in copy as well as our flag state for their information, at 2.00 pm this afternoon,”  it said in a statement.

Then, on Saturday, the NGO announced that Ocean Viking performed a second critical rescue the previous night. Fifty people, including 10 children & a baby, were on an overcrowded wooden boat in dire weather conditions in the Maltese search & rescue region. 

The ship headed to the east of Sicily due to severe weather conditions.

Yesterday evening, a woman who had been under close observation for 48 hours in the Ocean Viking’s clinic was medically evacuated by Italian authorities, together with her one-year-old child & her sister. 

When reached out to the Armed Forces of Malta, a spokesperson for the AFM did not confirm the incident and refused to give a comment.

Footage: SOS Mediterranee