190 migrants Rescued off Italian Coast by MSF


The organization Doctors without Borders (MSF) rescued 190 migrants in the early hours of Friday morning. Several unaccompanied minors are among those on board the Geo Barents rescue ship.

The private rescue organization Doctors Without Borders (MSF) rescued 190 migrants in distress in the central Mediterranean, the international aid organization said, in the early hours of Friday (March 24). Several unaccompanied minors are reportedly among those rescued. 

On Twitter, MSF said that an alert from the emergency hotline Alarm Phone, which monitors migrant journeys towards Europe, informed them about the dangerously overcrowded fishing boat, on which the migrants were traveling. 

Another private rescue ship, the MV Louise Michel, a high-speed lifeboat customized for search and rescue, intervened and stabilized the boat. Those onboard were given life jackets before they were transferred to the larger MSF rescue boat, the Geo Barents. 

In one of their latest tweets, MSF said that the newly rescued people are being helped to settle in onboard. 

Italy has assigned the southern port of Bari on the Adriatic coast as a place of safety for the 190 survivors to disembark. According to MSF, it will take two and a half days sailing to reach the port. 

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