40 migrants, including two pregnant women and seven children, who were in distress at sea were rescued and brought to Malta earlier today.
Armed Forces of Malta picked up the migrants earlier today despite delaying the rescue mission, according to a spokeswoman from the NGO Alarm Phone, who claims to have notified AFM about the incident on Sunday at 5:10 p.m.
We lost contact to the boat about 6 hours ago. The authorities of #Malta refuse to give out information on rescue proceedings. The people on board told us there are 7 children & 2 pregnant women on the boat. Leaving them at sea for a night will endanger their lives! #safepassage pic.twitter.com/GSrUBJv6PK
— Alarm Phone (@alarm_phone) September 29, 2019
“At 9.15h CEST we talked to the people on the boat again. They are still in distress in #Malta SAR zone – since yesterday no action has been taken to rescue them. About 32 lives, including many children, are in danger. We demand immediate rescue! #safepassage” the NGO posted on Twitter.
Despite the perilous conditions, those onboard (including pregnant women and children) had to spend the night at sea before AFM rescued them today.