An Italian offshore supply vessel on Saturday rescued 65 migrants, including women and children, who were fleeing Europe from Libya on a crowded wooden boat.
The migrant boat was sailing after its engine stopped working and was seen sea bird, an NGO surveillance aircraft that flies over the central Mediterranean Sea. The people on board were not wearing lifeboats and were eventually rescued in international waters aso ventinov Supply vessel near Bauri oil field after request to do so from sea bird. An Associated Press journalist is flying sea bird Saw the rescue.
A Libyan Coast Guard vessel arrived at the scene shortly after inspecting the empty boat. It is common practice for the Libyan authorities to retrieve the engines after the rescue.
NS aso ventinov Told that all the rescued people including five children are healthy. in radio communication with sea bird, the captain said he was awaiting orders from the Rescue and Coordination Center in Rome to give him a safe place to unload the migrants.
So far this year, some 44,000 people have crossed the central Mediterranean from Tunisia and Libya to European shores, often at the hands of smugglers who do not board them in seaworthy boats. About half of those who arrived landed on Lampedusa, an Italian island closer to North Africa than on Italy.
Despite rising inflows, many fail.
According to the United Nations Migration Agency, as of 25 September, more than 25,000 people had been intercepted by the EU-trained and equipped Libyan Coast Guard and returned to the war-torn country.
Once landed, migrants are often held in illegal detention centres, where they are subject to extortion, torture and abuse.
There were also more than 1,100 deaths recorded by the IOM in the central Mediterranean this year.