One News was the first to break the news of the death of a 19 year old Dutch after he was hit by a JetSki in St. George’s Bay in St Julians.
The main news portals in Malta cover the arrival in Malta of the MV Aquarius.
The MV Aquarius was allowed to dock in Malta earlier on today, after days at sea with some 141 migrants on board.
The Times of Malta reports that men, women and plenty of children aboard the migrant rescue ship Aquarius reached Maltese shores on Wednesday afternoon, as they neared the end of a five-day saga which saw them denied entry by several Mediterranean states. The Malta Independent reports that of the 141 migrants onboard, 97 were males whilst 44 were females. Two of the females are pregnant and will be taken to Mater Dei Hospital for care upon disembarkation. Unconfirmed reports have also stated that there are 67 minors onboard, over 30 of which are unaccompanied and under the age of 15.
Members of Moviment Patrijotti Maltin also hung a banner from the bastions which read ‘Stop Human Trafficking’, while also setting up a number of Maltese flags. Malta on Tuesday had agreed to let a private rescue ship dock on the island, with the 141 migrants it is carrying to be distributed among five fellow European Union nations in what was described as a “responsibility-sharing exercise.”
TVMreported that in a statement issued by the Office of the Prime Minister this morning that the Armed Forces would be assisting the immigrants to disembark.
At the same time the health authorities, Police officers from the Immigration section, Civil Protection personnel, Transport Malta and the agency for those seeking asylum were all ready to welcome the immigrants.
After the immigrants undergo medical tests, they will be taken to the Marsa reception centre, where the process will eventually start for them to be forwarded to France, Germany, Luxembourg, Portugal and Spain.
In other stories:
Net News carries a story interrogating what will happen of the migrants who were found living in inhuman conditions in a farm in Qormi.
One News carries a story about the funeral service of Shannon Mak, the 30 year old Dutch woman who died after having her throat slashed a few weeks ago.
The Independent carries an interview with Maurice Agius who was just 18 years old when the Second World War broke out. Major Maurice Agius who is 97 years old is one of the very few remaining Maltese war veterans.
MaltaToday carries a feature about how the political and various leaders of the country will be spending their summer holidays.
iNews carries a story about the 9 individuals who have expressed their interest in contesting the MEP elections on behalf of the Labour Party.
Newsbook carries the report about the religious service held today on the occasion of the Assumption of the Holy Mother. In his homily, Archbishop Scicluna referred to the importance of being of a service while also observing justice.
The Shift News reports about a book called L-Istorja ta’ Malta f’ Ta’ Marija, a novel which states that it is “up to the civil society to decide how politicians treat us. If we accept any behaviour from their end, then we shouldn’t expect lots of respect from them”.
The Malta Independent reports that a tanker that had run aground at Qawra Point last February was at long last was pulled out to sea this morning.The contractor appointed to salvage the vessel Hephaestus succeeded in refloating the vessel and is currently towing it to a shipyard in Marsa. The area in Qawra, which had been declared as a no-go zone, both on land and at sea, to safeguard public safety, will be declared accessible, once all equipment is cleared and it is ascertained that there is no impending danger.