Video: 83 migrants rescued off dinghy
A group of 83 migrants, including a nine-month-old baby, a child and 12 women, was rescued this morning by the AFM.
The migrants were on a dinghy 97 nautical miles south-south-east of Malta. The migrants claimed to have lost 5 members of their group.
The presence of the dinghy was first reported by Rome rescue centre yesterday afternoon. The AFM diverted the tanker Johann Schulte to the given position. A German coastguard Puma helicopter based in Malta for Frontex operations also went to the scene. The helicopter crew reported sighting the boat with infants onboard and individuals lacking life-jackets.
The ship provided the migrants with some food and water and the migrants early today were then transferred to patrol boat P-51 which is expected to arrive in Malta later this morning.