The rescue ship “Ocean Viking”, used by the non-governmental organization “US Meditation”, took on board 196 migrants on lifeboats near Libya yesterday, AFP reported.
Yesterday morning, Ocean Viking first rescued 57 people traveling on an inflatable boat in international waters off Libya. By noon, 54 people had been rescued over another inflatable boat, including women. Some of the migrants have received fuel burns, according to US Meditation.
Later, more people were sailed aboard the ship, sailing on a wooden boat. The fourth rescue operation of the day carried out at the behest of the NGO Sea-Watch, rescued 21 people, including seven women and three minors on another wooden boat.
There are at least two pregnant women among the 196 migrants.
According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), at least 1,146 people trying to reach Europe died in the Mediterranean in the first half of this year.
EU Meditation claims to have helped at least 30,000 migrants in the Mediterranean since February 2016.