The Armed Forces of Malta have reported that early on Saturday morning at 01.30am, 47 third-country nationals were rescued by the AFM 6NM South West of Zurrieq. The group of migrants included men, women and children, were found adrift onboard a dark coloured dinghy.
Two AFM patrol boats and an MICCD helicopter were dispatched to search and rescue the migrants. The group was taken on board the two patrol boats and were disembarked at Maritime’s Hay Wharf Base within an hour. This is the second boat within 24 hours, with a previous boat being escorted to land on Friday evening.