Reports of child left to die on abandoned dingy off Libyan coast, AFM saves 75 persons stranded on tuna pen

epa04988260 YEARENDER 2015 APRIL A picture showing a large number of illegal migrants on board a large dinghy-type vessel as they are rescued by the crew of the Italian Guardia di Finanza ship 'Denaro' in the Mediterranean Sea, 22 April 2015. The leaders of the European Union meet in Brussels on 23 April 2015 to tackle an escalating migration crisis and the daily arrival of hundreds of would-be asylum seekers and migrants crossing the Mediterranean. EPA/ALESSANDRO DI MEO

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A five-year-old child died on board a rubber dingy in difficulty adrift off the coast of Libya during an attempt to reach European shores.

According to Alarm Phone, that no vessel in the vicinity went to give help despite an alert being issued. Alarm Phone said that the people on board the dingy said that a helicopter flew over them and an unidentified military ship passed close by, but no help arrived.

Later on, the Italian warship ‘Cigala Fulgosi’ intervened and saved the group of people on board the dingy. Initial reports indicate that onboard there were 90 persons but so far there has been no confirmation of victims.

Late on Wednesday, a group of 75 migrants found stranded on a tuna pen were rescued by the Armed Forces.

They were taken on an AFM patrol boat and are expected to disembark in Malta Thursday morning.

In a statement, the government said the AFM and the Italian coast guard conducted multiple joint rescue operations supporting the Libyan coast guard.

The Italian coast guard carried out other rescues and is taking migrants to Lampedusa.

Via ANSA/The Times of Malta

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