A group of 37 migrants were rescued off Malta on Sunday, the Armed Forces of Malta said, after their boat was reported to be in distress.
The Armed Forces of Malta said 37 migrants were rescued off the coast of Malta on Sunday.
According to tweets from Alarm Phone, a hotline for migrants and refugees in distress in the Mediterranean, the migrants were saved after more than 24 hours on the water. The boat was in distress for several hours in Maltese waters before the migrants were rescued, according to Alarm Phone.
The migrants were traveling from Africa to Europe via the Mediterranean Sea, a notoriously dangerous journey. Thousands have perished in the waters since the migration crisis in 2015. In an earlier tweet, Alarm Phone said some of the migrants were "near death."
A Malta army spokesman told the dpa news agency that the conditions of the rescued migrants was not known.
Malta, a small island at the southern tip of Europe, has repeatedly told its European Union counterparts that it cannot be left to deal with incoming migrants by itself.