Published: July 07, 2019
A German rescue ship picked 65 migrants from an overloaded dingy off the Libyan coast on Friday.
Sea-Eye, which operates the vessel, said in a statement that the migrants were picked up 55km from Libya and had insufficient water and no navigation system on board.
The migrants are now receiving care on board the Aylan Kurdi, named after the three-year-old Syrian refugee Aylan Kurdi who drowned in the Mediterranean and whose body washed up on a beach in Turkey in 2015.
On social media, the group said they had made contact with Libyan authorities but were yet to get a response. The vessel has already been warned off from going to Italy by Interior Minister Matteo Salvini.
Earlier on Friday, Malta said it would take in 54 migrants rescued by an Italian charity boat off Libya this week, as part of a migrant swap with Rome.