Charity vessel saves over 100 migrants
Over 110 migrants adrift in the Mediterranean in two small boats were saved by the ship Ocean Viking chartered by the French charity SOS-Mediterranee. One of these boats was 62 miles away from the Italian island of Lampedusa.
On one of these boats there were 67 boats, mainly men from Bangladesh and Morocco.
Earlier that day, the same ship saved another boat. This one was made of wood and contained 51 people, mainly of Pakistani origin. The engine of their boat had stopped working between Tunisia and Malta.
Both sets of migrants had their temperatures checked and were given masks in order to forestall any potential spread of coronavirus. One passenger was found to have a high temperature and has been quarantined.
The charity has asked Italian and Maltese authorities for guidance as to where to disembark.