Updated | Armed Forces of Malta rescue 84 migrants

The AFM rescued 84 persons who were in distress, migrants set to land in Malta this morning.

84 migrants were brought in by the AFM this morning (Photo: Chris Mangion/MediaToday)
84 migrants were brought in by the AFM this morning (Photo: Chris Mangion/MediaToday)

The Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) last night rescued a group of 84 migrants at sea. The migrants claiming to be Syrian, Eritrean and Nigerian were spotted on a rubber dinghy by the AFM and brought in at Hay Wharf just before 9am.

The AFM said that it became aware of a boat with persons on board reportedly in distress just after midnight.

The AFM operation centre immediately dispatched an AFM offshore patrol vessel P51 to monitor the situation and to render assistance if required.

The boat with 77 males and 7 females on board was located 18 nautical miles south of Malta.

Having assessed the situation with the dinghy drifting in rough seas, the migrants were transferred onboard the AFM vessel.

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Joseph Pellicano
Viva Malta fl ewropa, for better and for more worst.Were is Cecilia, still calculating how much money the EU gave to Malta.
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And over a hundred more this morning. Who exactly is smelling the coffee I wonder?
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In the meantime another 115 of these illegal immigrants were brought in today! Shame, Shame and Shame!
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And 120 more are on the way. Where are the pushbacks?
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Another article in this e-paper claims an increase in tourist arrivals of 7.3%. Are these "visitors" included in the equation?
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Armed forces of Malta brought another 84 problems in our country!
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Beg your pardon for I don't know how many times, Mr Editor, but the word 'rescued' in the title is a complete misnomer. Rescued indeed!
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They should have been left out there - each one of them is a dangerous criminal invader of sovereign territory.