Tuesday 20 August 2019

Baby born on board refugee rescue boat is 'doing well'

More than 600 people have been rescued

Baby Favour and his mum Cynthia in Italy
Baby Favour and his mum Cynthia in Italy
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

A baby has been born during a refugee rescue mission in the Mediterranean and is "doing well".

The tot and his mum are just two of 678 people who have been brought safely to shore, in Sicily by the MV Aquarius – a search and rescue vessel operated by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and SOS MEDITERRANEE.

The new-born, named Favour, was born on the night of December 11, weighing 3.1kgs and against all odds “is beautifully healthy and doing well”.

His mum Cynthia was aided by a midwife on board during the birth.

The night of his birth saw 500 people brought aboard the Aquarius.

During the two day rescue mission rescuers also rescued 36 people from a ‘toy like’ wooden boat.

Today those rescued, who hail from 20 different countries, have been making their way aboard dry land. Those with medical issues and small children were brought off the boat first.

Médecins Sans Frontières’ (MSF) have rescued 19,708 people this year according to the group.



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