More than 200 migrants were rescued by a Spanish aid agency after being found drifting off the coast of Libya on Saturday (April 1).
According to sources, crew members aboard the ‘Golfo Azzurro’, the rescue vessel of the Spanish aid organisation Proactiva Open Arms, spotted two rubber boats overcrowded with migrants floating at sea 22 nautical miles north of the Libyan town of Sabratha.
A rescue operation was launched and a rescue speedboat was sent to the area.
Rescuers distributed life jackets to the migrants before tugging one of the rubber boats to ‘Golfo Azzuro’, a former fishing trawler.
The rescued migrants were mainly from Ghana, Nigeria, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, the aid organisation said, and included 20 women and one four-days-old baby from Nigeria. The migrants will be taken to the port of Pozzallo in Sicily.