Over 600 migrants saved in Mediterranean rescues

Humanity 1 rescues 25 people in the Mediterranean. Photo credit: Arez Ghaderi/SOS Humanity

 LAMPEDUSA - Some 600 migrants attempting to reach the coasts of southern Europe, including a baby and dozens of unaccompanied minors, have been rescued in the past week following separate relief operations in Mediterranean waters.

 The rescue ship Sea Watch 3 has taken on board almost 400 migrants following three rescue operations between Saturday evening and early Sunday morning.

 Meanwhile, the SOS Humanity ship, Humanity 1, has 208 people on board after the lastest of three rescues in the Central Mediterrean. Yesterday evening the NGO ship reached a small dinghy in distress carrying 25 people – 16 men and 9 unaccompanied minors.

 On Saturday morning the crew rescued 72 people from a wooden boat in international waters north of Tripoli. None of the survivors, including one woman, a child and six unaccompanied minors, had life jackets.

 Late evening Sept. 6, the rescue vessel took on board 111 people from a rubber boat in international waters off the Libyan coast. Among the survivors were a baby, a toddler, two women and 86 unaccompanied minors.