213 people saved by Swedish coastguard in Maltese search and rescue area

Frontex-coordinated mission leads to the rescue of 213 refugees, including five women and 12 children

Photo: Swedish Coast Guard
Photo: Swedish Coast Guard

213 irregular migrants were saved by the Swedish Coastguard in the Maltese search and rescue area. MaltaToday is informed that the operation was coordinated by Frontex which was in constant communication with the Maltese rescue and coordination centre.

The rickety wooden boat was first spotted in the Libyan search and rescue area, but due to inclement weather, the transfer of refugees was only possible in the Maltese search and rescue area.

According to the Swedish Coastguard, the migrants were in “bad condition, tired and hungry”. They lacked food and water.

The group included five women – one of whom was pregnant – and 12 children. It is understood that the group had been out at sea for six days.

The boat was taking in water.

KBV 001 Poseidon proceeded to Italy for the disembarkation of the rescued migrants.

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