People fleeing Libya rescued off Malta

2011-06-01 21:18

Valletta - Seventy-six boat people fleeing the conflict in Libya were rescued off the coast of Malta in a state of distress on Wednesday after their vessel started taking in water, according to the Maltese military.

Malta’s armed forces were informed about the boat in distress late on Tuesday by a Nato vessel and managed to locate the boat some 140km southeast of Malta, a Maltese military official told AFP.

The refugees were found adrift in their 15m boat and seemed to be in poor health. They told rescue workers a fellow migrant had died during the journey and his body had been cast into the sea, he said.

Officials said it was too early to confirm the nationalities of the refugees, who said they had left the port of Misrata in Libya on Saturday.

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