Char­ity boat res­cues 50 migrants in sea off Libya

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ABOARD THE OCEAN VIK­ING — Hu­man­i­tar­ian groups SOS Mediter­ra­nee and Doc­tors With­out Bor­ders res­cued 50 migrants Sun­day from a rub­ber dinghy off Libya’s coast and brought them aboard their char­ity ship, Ocean Vik­ing.

A jour­nal­ist aboard the Nor­we­gian-flagged Ocean Vik­ing wit­nessed the res­cue of a preg­nant woman, 12 mi­nors and 37 men, all from sub­Sa­ha­ran Africa.

Libyan au­thor­i­ties, re­spon­si­ble for search and res­cue in that area of the Mediter­ranean, didn’t an­swer mul­ti­ple con­tact at­tempts by Ocean Vik­ing. Au­thor­i­ties in Rome and Malta, when con­tacted, re­ferred Ocean Vik­ing to their Libyan coun­ter­parts. A nearby fish­ing ves­sel didn’t re­spond to con­tact.

A Euro­pean Union plane from Op­er­a­tion Sophia over­flew Ocean Vik­ing, the dinghy and the fish­ing boat mul­ti­ple times be­fore the peo­ple were res­cued.

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