AFM in migrant rescue operation

69 migrants are being brought to Malta after they were rescued from a boat in distress by the Armed Forces

(File photo)
(File photo)

A group of 69 migrants rescued from the Mediterranean on Sunday morning will be brought to Malta, the Armed Forces said.

In a brief statement issued on Sunday, the AFM said that Patrol vessel P51 had rescued the migrants from a wooden boat in distress, some 117NM South-West of Malta.

It added that the patrol boat would “safely convey the migrants” to Malta this afternoon.

The rescue comes amid requests by the migrant rescue vessel Sea-Watch 3, for it to be allowed to disembark 32 rescued migrants in Malta.

The migrants, rescued from a rubber dinghy last week, have been on the rescue vessel for nine days.

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