Nearly 200 stranded migrants are rescued in the Mediterranean, including 75 found sticking to a tuna pen
- The Italian Navy saved 100 migrants who were stranded in the sea off the island of Lampedusa
- On the same day, the Maltese navy found 75 people holding on to a tuna
- Only a few of the migrants, including 17 women and 23 children, had a life jacket
- The migrants could have been rescued earlier, but were & # 39; almost a day & # 39; abandoned
No fewer than 175 migrants had to be rescued today in the Mediterranean, including 75 people desperately clinging to a tuna.
The Italian Navy saved 100 people stranded in the sea, who were then transferred to Malta, officials said.
On the same day, the Maltese Navy said they had rescued 75 migrants who felt they were clinging to a tuna while trying to make the dangerous journey across the Mediterranean.
Italian officials said that & # 39; 100 people, including 17 women and 23 minors & # 39; were assisted by rescue teams, with health checks being carried out, the Navy added.
Only a few of the migrants had a lifejacket, the engine of the boat had failed and the weather was deteriorating, putting them & # 39; in danger & # 39 ;, a naval statement said.
Tuna skewers are large cages used to hold live fish to fatten them before being frozen and exported.
A migrant blows a kiss like another wave while transferring the Sea Watch 3 German charity ship to an Italian naval ship en route to Lampedusa Island, Italy, on May 19 (file photo)
Migrants float on a dinghy for their rescue off the coast of Lampedusa in a separate incident (file photo)
The migrants, who sent an SOS signal to Alarm Phone, a volunteer-run Mediterranean rescue hotline, said a five-year-old girl had died on board, but the Navy said no one had died.
The Navy did not say where the migrants would be taken after the rescue around 90 nautical miles south of the Italian island of Lampedusa.
Alarm telephone, managed by the German association Watch the Med, said the Italian ship could have saved the affected migrants almost a day ago, but only sent help on Thursday.
In 2007, in a similar incident, 27 African men were rescued from the Maltese coast as the three days and nights glued to a tuna.
The Maltese Navy said earlier that 75 migrants who had clung to a pen while trying to make the dangerous journey across the Mediterranean Sea had saved.
An Italian naval ship floats alongside the Sea Watch 3 German charity ship during the disembarkation of migrants off the Lampedusa coast during a rescue ten days ago
A patrol boat Guardia di Finanza approaches the German auxiliary group ship Sea-Watch 3 in the waters off the island of Lampedusa on 19 May.
It said in a statement that it had coordinated multiple joint rescue operations in collaboration with the Italian Coast Guard and & # 39; in support of the Libyan Coast Guard & # 39 ;.
The UN refugee agency said it spoke to the refugees and migrants when they arrived exhausted, hungry and extremely relieved to be on land after three days at sea.
Malta has called on the EU to help with the flow of migrants, who are starting to turn away from its much larger neighbor, Italy.
The island of 450,000 people is a common destination for migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean from North Africa, and a harsh attitude from Italy has increased the pressure on the island.
In Italy, the UNHCR said that two boats with a total of 103 migrants arrived on the island of Lampedusa after leaving Libya three days ago.
The UNHCR said they were & # 39; exhausted and cold & # 39; goods.
International organizations for migration figures show that 24,687 migrants have reached Europe this year so far, well below the record of around one million in 2015 and 144,000 last year.
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