Some 70 migrants made it to the Italian island of Lampedusa after a Tunisian fishing boat discovered their vessel 29 kilometres off land, the Italian coastguard said.
The coastguard said Malta should have been responsible for the rescue operation, but the people in boat were taken to Lampedusa, according to numerous media reports on Saturday.
Whether the Italian coastguard rescued the people on board or simply escorted the boat into harbour remains unclear.
‘Seventy people had their lives saved by the Italian coastguard and are safe in the harbour of Lampedusa,’ the NGO Mediterranea, which operates an observation ship in the Mediterranean sea, tweeted early Saturday.
Those on the boat were from Eritrea, Ghana and Syria, and had been on board for around 35 hours, according to Italian news agency Ansa.
Ever since Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini implemented a rigorous anti-migration policy, very few migrants have been able to make it to the country.
So far in October some 400 people have arrived, according to the Interior Ministry.
LEAVE A COMMENT Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked*
Trio of researchers win Nobel Prize in Economics for poverty work
Britain, EU enter make-or-break Brexit week
Climate change activists target London's financial district
Poland’s populists eye election victory
Significant work to do, but Brexit deal still possible - UK PM Johnson
Brexit hangs in the balance as talks between EU and Britain intensify
Hundreds detained in climate protests
William and Kate embark on ‘complex’ Pakistan visit
Catalan separatist leaders to get up to 15 years in jail