Stranded at sea

Santa Pola fish­ing boat res­cued a dozen mi­grants off the Ly­bian coast - but has no safe port to take them

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - By Alex Watck­ing

A Santa Pola fish­ing boat res­cued mi­grants at sea - but now has no safe port to take them

A FISH­ING boat from Santa Pola is stranded in the Mediter­ranean af­ter res­cu­ing a dozen mi­grants from the sea off the Libyan coast last Thurs­day, as it has no safe port to take them to.

The Nue­stro Madre Loreto was nearby when a Libyan pa­trol boat took aboard 36 mi­grants from three small boats but left be­hind the oth­ers, who had jumped into the wa­ter.

The Span­ish gov­ern­ment has been ask­ing Libya, Italy and Malta to ac­cept the mi­grants, so far with­out suc­cess.

Vice-pres­i­dent of Va­len­cia re­gion, Mónica Ol­tra of­fered to wel­come them, point­ing out that NGO’s say they face ‘cer­tain death’ in Libya.

The 12 mi­grants are from coun­tries in­clud­ing Libya, Mali and Sene­gal.

They are crammed aboard with 13 crew.

The boat has al­ready been at sea for a month and the oc­cu­pants have al­ready en­dured a fierce storm, which made many of the pas­sen­gers sick, and re­port that there is only enough food and fuel for about four more days.

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