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Shipwreck: Libyan Coast Guard rescues 65 migrants from distress


A boat crash in the Mediterranean has killed at least five people and saved dozens. The German auxiliary ship "Eleonore" refuse the entrance to Italy and Malta meanwhile.

Nearly nine nautical miles off the Libyan coast, a refugee boat capsized - now seeks the Coast Guard of Civil War in the Mediterranean for survivors. Thus, 65 migrants have already been rescued from distress, the Coast Guard said. Five people were recovered dead. About 40 people would still be missing, said the UN refugee agency. For more survivors and dead will be sought.

Previously, the aid organization Alarm Phone had been concerned about a possible shipwreck. It had been in contact with a boat with up to 100 people on board, which had come into distress, said the organization on Twitter.

Already on Monday more than 250 migrants had been rescued on the Mediterranean Sea. Among other things, the German rescue ship "Eleonora" took on about a hundred people. However, Italy and Malta refuse to allow the auxiliary ship to enter its ports.

Axel Steier, spokesman for the Dresden aid organization Mission Lifeline, said that the Maltese Rescue Coordination Center had reported to the ship's crew that both countries were refusing to enter their ports. The authorities had each reported that they were not responsible.

According to the spokesman, the ship is currently in the Maltese maritime rescue zone. "If life and limb are in danger and the ship is in distress, Malta would be in charge," said Steier. The captain could then send an auxiliary signal - the country must then allow the ship to enter a port.

Source: spiegel

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