Ocean Viking rescues another 109 migrants in Mediterranean
The Ocean Viking rescue boat picked up a total of 109 migrants off the coast of Libya on Tuesday, according to the organizations that run the charity vessel.
The rescue team carried out two separate missions, that also included a new-born baby being taken on board.
BREAKING: #MSF & @SOSMedIntl teams have just rescued 48 people from a wooden boat in distress, 53 NM from the coast of #Libya. Women, very young children & a newborn are among the survivors now safely onboard the #Ocean Viking, now heading to investigate another possible case. pic.twitter.com/esv33eW2W7
— MSF Sea (@MSF_Sea) September 17, 2019
In a separate development, Maltese authorities accepted on Tuesday to take in the 90 migrants saved by an Italian coastguard boat in its search and rescue zone, calming a standoff with the newly formed Italian government.
Malta had insisted that the rescued people should be taken to the nearest safe port, which in this instance was the Italian island of Lampedusa.
German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said that Germany was prepared to take in 25% of migrants who arrive in Italy by boat from North Africa ahead of EU talks on the issue in the coming weeks.