Young migrant in state of dehydration evacuated to Malta
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Young migrant in state of dehydration evacuated to Malta

He is one of 12 stranded at sea for a week

Updated at 9.20pm

A young person in a state of dehydration and weakness on board the fishing vessel Nostra Madre de Loreto has been evacuated to Malta, ProActiva Open Arms tweeted.

The young person, who was unconscious, was flown to Malta by helicopter.

He is one of 12 people saved by the fishing boat in the Mediterranean November 23 who remain stranded at sea.

Humanitarian alliance #United4Med on Tuesday called on Europe to open its ports and welcome the migrants who were saved from a vessel off Libya.

The migrants were rejected by both Italy and Malta because the rescue took place in Libyan territorial waters.

In a statement later, United4Med, Mediterranea, Open Arms and Sea Watch called on European governments to take responsibility for what was happening and to find a shared solution to ensure that these people could safely disembark in a safe harbour and receive the assistance necessary for their conditions.

Weather conditions, already very bad, were likely to worsen, quickly threatening the stability of the boat, exposing crew and survivors to further risks.

The remaining 11 migrants, who included two minors, were in precarious health conditions.

They had survived a shipwreck and showed visible signs of torture inflicted in Libyan detention camps.

“We cannot allow European government’s inability of finding solutions to risk these people’s lives. We strongly demand that Spain, Malta and Italy agree to find a safe harbour in the shortest possible time.

“At the same time we call on the rest of Europe to take responsibility and to offer redistribution of those rescued to enable a quick

#United4Med, which incorporates Open Arms, Sea Watch and Mediterranea on Tuesday said the migrants’ return to Libya would be a violation of international law and a further step towards neglecting human rights and dignity at sea.

Libya was not a safe harbour and never signed the Geneva Convention on Refugees status, it said adding that the European Union and its member states had the obligation to not authorise the disembarkation of people in a country where there had been repeated systematic violations of human rights, torture and trafficking of people.

The UNHCR had also issued a non-return advisory for Libya, which together with Yemen are considered as countries where vulnerable people could not be returned.

The fishermen on board the vessel were refusing to return the migrants to Libya.

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