PRESS RELEASE BY THE ARMED FORCES OF MALTA: AFM rescue

On the night of the 15th of October, following RCC Malta’s notification from a wooden boat with persons in difficulty, a merchant vessel was diverted to the area to render the necessary assistance. A total of 44 migrants were subsequently rescued by the latter mentioned vessel. The migrants boat was intercepted 58 Nm South of Lampedusa.

Following the refusal of Italy to provide for the nearest place of safety, shelter and logistical support to the ship and in view of deteriorating weather conditions affecting the area, in the best interest of the safety of the rescued migrants, the AFM deployed an offshore patrol vessel in adverse weather conditions to transfer the migrants on-board.

The persons shall be disembarked in Malta later on this evening. The disembarkation of these people is being administered without prejudice to Malta’s position to international law.

Source: Government of Malta


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PRESS RELEASE BY THE ARMED FORCES OF MALTA: AFM rescue

On the night of the 15th of October, following RCC Malta’s notification from a wooden boat with persons in difficulty, a merchant vessel was diverted to the area to render the necessary assistance. A total of 44 migrants were subsequently rescued by the latter mentioned vessel. The migrants boat was intercepted 58 Nm South of Lampedusa.

Following the refusal of Italy to provide for the nearest place of safety, shelter and logistical support to the ship and in view of deteriorating weather conditions affecting the area, in the best interest of the safety of the rescued migrants, the AFM deployed an offshore patrol vessel in adverse weather conditions to transfer the migrants on-board.

The persons shall be disembarked in Malta later on this evening. The disembarkation of these people is being administered without prejudice to Malta’s position to international law.

Source: Government of Malta


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