The Maltese Navy has rescued 75 migrants from the Mediterranean. Another 103 refugees have recently arrived on the Italian island of Lampedusa. And a boat with migrants would still be in trouble this morning.
The migrants rescued by the Maltese navy had clung to a tuna cage on the high seas, the navy reports without giving more details.
Meanwhile, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees also announced that two boats arrived last night with respectively 46 and 57 migrants on the island of Lampedusa. They had left Libya at least three days ago and were noticed by fishermen.
The German organization Watch the Med, which manages the Emergency Phone emergency number, announced that it had been in regular contact with passengers from a boat in difficulty since yesterday. That would have 90 people on board, including about 15 children.
Hundreds of people go to sea every week in Libya, even though many boats are intercepted by the Libyan coast guard.