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Update 2 | 86 migrants rescued by Armed Forces, eight required medical assistance

Latest rescue brings total of migrant landings to 1,291. An infant and a 7-year-old girl were among the group that arrived this evening.

Miriam Dalli
3 August 2012, 12:00am
The Armed Forces has effected the rescue of 86 migrants. (Photo: Justin Gatt/AFM)
86 migrants landed in Malta at Haywharf this evening after being rescued by the Armed Forces of Malta.

While initial figures reported the arrival of 88 migrants, an AFM spokesman confirmed that in total, 86 migrants had been rescued.

The group was made up of 60 males, 24 females, an infant and a 7-year-old girl.

The two children, two men and six women needed medical attention and were subsequently transferred to Mater Dei Hospital.

The boat was intercepted around 30NM South of Malta and an AFM Islander aircraft was dispatched to the area.

AFM said the dinghy was located and an AFM Austal class Patrol Vessel (P21), was diverted to investigate.

"Initial investigations revealed there were 88 migrants on board, 66 of whom were males, 20 females and 2 babies allegedly of Somali origin.  The migrants were transferred onboard P21 and are currently being taken to Hay Warf base," an AFM's spokesman said earlier.
 
The group arrived at Hay Wharf Base onboard the P21 Patrol vessel at around 7:30pm.

The last rescue was on 7 July, when a group of 84 migrants shortly after another 40 had been saved by the AFM earlier that same week.

A total of 1,203 people have so far landed in Malta after being rescued by the AFM, composed of 831 men and 333 women, and 25 minors and seven babies. The highest number of arrivals were in May, when eight out of 18 boats were brought into Malta.

There were also seven deaths reported at sea in May.

Miriam Dalli graduated in communications studies from the University of ...

Carmel Vella
How long must this madness go on? We are far too small a nation to accommodate this massive invasion of Africans.
mario gellel
GHANDU BIEX JAGHMEL POSTER GONZIPN GHAL KAMPANJA POLITIKA TIEGHU.. NISPERA LI MHUX QED IGIBHOM HU STESS BIEX JAGHMLU TAJJEB GHAL GHAL MIJJIET TA TELF TA VOTI LI QED JITLEF MILL MALTIN.
mario gellel
GHANDU BIEX JAGHMEL POSTER GONZIPN GHAL KAMPANJA POLITIKA TIEGHU.. NISPERA LI MHUX QED IGIBHOM HU STESS BIEX JAGHMLU TAJJEB GHAL GHAL MIJJIET TA TELF TA VOTI LI QED JITLEF MILL MALTIN.
Louise Vella
So 86 illegal immigrants have been brought to Malta to be housed and fed at the expense of the Maltese taxpayer and to sow the seeds of untold social problems in the near and distant future. Who's happy at the arrivals? UNHCR, JRS, no doubt, and all the other do-gooder NGOs who have been singing a siren song that is heard on the Libyan coast by thousands if not millions. The NGOs have never seen anything wrong with the arrival of hundreds then thousands of sub Saharan Africans. Indeed they have bullied the common people of Malta into thinking that by defending Malta’s national interests and opposing illegal immigrants they were racists. Can these NGOs please tell us how many African illegal immigrants is Malta expected to take? Numbers, please, numbers not words. It's time NGOs were told that law-abiding and tax-paying citizens have human rights too. We have no obligation to open our borders and our pockets to all comers.
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