The Ocean Viking rescued 236 people off the coast of Libya on Tuesday. | Photo: Flavio Gasperini / SOS Méditerranée
The Ocean Viking rescued 236 people off the coast of Libya on Tuesday. | Photo: Flavio Gasperini / SOS Méditerranée

On Tuesday morning 236 people were rescued off the coast of Libya by Ocean Viking, a rescue ship run by the SOS Mediterranee aid group.

The Ocean Viking, a rescue ship run by the SOS Mediterranee aid group, rescued 236 migrants in international waters off the coast of Libya on Tuesday, April 27. In a Twitter post, the group reported that the migrants, including 114 unaccompanied minors, were taken onboard from two overcrowded dinghies.

The struggling boats were rescued in international waters off the coast of Libya, 32 nautical miles from the city of Zawiya west of Tripoli.

A call was made from the two boats to Alarm Phone on Tuesday morning, which informed the authorities and SOS Mediterranee. The independent hotline aims to offer support for boats in distress at sea.

After completing its successful rescue mission, SOS Mediterranee wrote on Twitter: "Several survivors were weak, dehydrated and are now recovering. Some women suffered mild fuel burns and inhaled fumes."


Last week, when a dinghy capsized in waters north-east of Tripoli, as many as 130 people are likely to have died in the incident. Aid groups accused authorities of not having done enough to save lives, but Libya's coast guard and the EU border agency, Frontex, rejected these accusations.

Many migrants and refugees embark on the dangerous journey across the Mediterranean from the coast of Libya in small boats. The North African country, which is embroiled in a civil war, is a key transit point for those seeking to travel to Europe.

Last month, the Ocean Viking brought 116 rescued migrants to the Italian island of Sicily. The ships run by private rescue organizations usually dock in Italy and sometimes in Malta. Libya's coast guard however also intercepts many migrant boats and returns them back to its own shores.

With dpa

 

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