440 migrants rescued from boat off Malta

A rescue ship responding to a distress call rescued more than 400 migrants from a boat off Malta after an 11-hour operation.

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said this on Wednesday (April 5).

The charity MSF said in a tweet that their rescue ship, the Geo Barents, had received the distress signal while en route to shelter in the Mediterranean due to hostile weather.

MSF said the Geo Barents finally reached the boat at 4:00 a.m. on Tuesday (April 4) after more than 10 hours of navigation in a stormy sea.

It said that unfortunately, the weather conditions hampered our team’s ability to carry out direct rescue operations, threatening the lives of migrants and MSF teams.

But by late afternoon, Geo Barents was able to launch his speed boats aboard. MSF brings migrants aboard by speed boat. MSF tweeted a picture of a blue and white boat deck with people wearing life jackets.

The charity said in a tweet, ‘After more than 11 hours of operation, the rescue operation is now complete. A total of 440 people, including 8 women and 30 children, are now safely in Geobarents and are being attended to by rescue teams.’

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