The refugees, including many children, were floating off the Libyan coast in a rubber dinghy. A woman dies, a child is seriously injured, many are still missing.
According to Doctors Without Borders, there has been a dramatic rescue operation in the central Mediterranean with missing people and one fatality.
The aid organization took 71 migrants from a rubber dinghy to the ship “Geo Barents” on Monday evening, the rescuers tweeted. According to the information, 22 people were missing and a woman died during the rescue. The group also included children. During the night, refugees were evacuated from the ship because of their condition, including a seriously injured child, it said.
The “Geo Barents” had rescued the people off the Libyan coast from their boat, as satellite data showed. Many people try to reach Malta or Italy from North Africa in sometimes unseaworthy boats, hoping for a better life in the EU. According to the United Nations, 850 people have already officially died during the dangerous crossings this year. The number of unreported cases could be significantly higher.
Meanwhile, after a long wait, two German sea rescue ships were allowed to approach Italian ports with people who had fled on board. The “Sea-Watch 4” was given permission to dock with just over 300 rescued migrants in Porto Empedocle in Sicily. “Finally a safe haven,” tweeted the Berlin organization. The “Louise Michel” brought 59 migrants ashore on Lampedusa.