In the central Mediterranean, 270 migrants rescued by the NGO Sea-Watch since Friday


During the night from Friday to Saturday, 180 migrants were rescued aboard two boats, which were in distress, off the Mediterranean.

This Saturday, more than 270 migrants were rescued in the central Mediterranean, as part of three rescue operations carried out since Friday, announced the German NGO Sea-Watch.

His ship, the Sea Watch 3, assisted two inflatable boats in distress overnight and early in the morning of Saturday, December 25, the NGO announced on its Twitter account.

180 people on two boats

There were around 80 and 100 people aboard the two overcrowded rubber dinghies that were rescued about 38 nautical miles from the Libyan coast, a spokesperson told AFP.

The Sea Watch crew are now caring for around 270 migrants in total, after an initial rescue on Friday morning of 93 migrants who were in international waters south of the Italian island of Lampedusa.

The Sea Watch 3 crew then launched an inflatable boat to evacuate the passengers from their wooden boat described as « unfit for navigation » by the NGO.

Migrant boats, often in poor condition and liable to sink, frequently make their way to Lampedusa due to its proximity to the North African coast.

The Sea-Watch 3 has been sailing off the Libyan coast since November 2017 and actively searches for boats in distress.

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