Migrant boat rescued from rough seas off the coast of Malta

Posted on October 17, 2013 • Filed under: Border Crossings, Expatriates, Mediterranean

Al Jazeera reports that more than 128 migrants have been rescued after their raft sank off the Mediterranean coast of Malta, amid a fresh appeal by the country’s prime minister to Europe to take action to manage the growing influx of refugees. Winds and seas were rocking the raft when it was spotted by a Maltese patrol aircraft on Wednesday. A tanker was the first on the scene but its crew said they could not haul the migrants on board, forcing an intervention by a US navy ship headquartered in Naples, Italy. The boat issued an SOS call because it risked capsizing in strong winds and high waves. The migrants were taken back to Malta. Read article

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