Five people died after a Europe-bound rubber boat carrying 116 migrants and asylum-seekers fell aside within the central Mediterranean Sea, a Spanish humanitarian group stated Wednesday.
The Open Arms rescue ship had been trying to find the boat in misery for hours before lastly finding it Wednesday morning in worldwide waters north of Libya. The NGO had simply completed distributing life vests and masks to the passengers to start transferring them to security when the flimsy boat break up in two, throwing them into chilly waters.
Rescuers pulled out 111 people, together with two infants, alive and recovered 5 bodies.
Open Arms spokesperson Laura Lanuza informed The AP that the NGO has requested Italian and Maltese maritime authorities for the quick evacuation of six people in severe situation, together with two infants and their moms and a pregnant lady. Lanuza stated the NGO had already rescued 88 migrants the night time before and was headed to a 3rd misery name.
Wednesday’s shipwreck was the second recorded this week in waters north of Libya, a key transit level for migrants from Africa and the Middle East. On Tuesday one other 13 migrants died, together with a toddler, the UN stated.