Stranded at sea
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, noting 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 and report that there is only enough food and fuel for about four more days.