Saturday 21 September 2019

Eleven migrants saved by trawler transferred to Maltese Coast Guard

The Nuestra Madre de Loreto Spanish fishing vessel carrying 12 migrants rescued off the coast of Lybia
(AP Photo/Javier Fergo)
The Nuestra Madre de Loreto Spanish fishing vessel carrying 12 migrants rescued off the coast of Lybia (AP Photo/Javier Fergo)
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Eleven migrants rescued by a trawler last week have been handed over to the Maltese coast guard and will soon reach port in Malta, a Spanish aid group said.

Proactiva Open Arms said the Spanish trawler Nuestra Senora de Loreto radioed them to say the migrants had been transferred.

Earlier, the Spanish government told the trawler that it had permission to dock in Malta, putting an end to its week-long wait in the open sea.

Malta, along with Italy, had initially refused to accept the boat because it had rescued the migrants in Libyan waters.

The trawler rescued 12 migrants last week.

One migrant was evacuated for health reasons on Friday.

European Union countries have been sharply at odds over who should take in migrants from North Africa.

So far this year the International Organisation for Migration says 107,216 migrants have arrived in Europe and 2,123 others have died or gone missing in their dangerous journeys across the Mediterranean Sea.

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