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Four migrants on board a dinghy heading to Sicily requested medical assistance and were evacuated by the Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) on Sunday.

AFM said that having assessed the situation, the migrants, two of which were pregnant, were medically evacuated and escorted to Mater Dei hospital by the AFM’s Search and Rescue Launch Melita. The rest of the migrants proceeded towards Italy with the AFM’s P51 close by.  The AFM patrol boat had earlier taken over from P24 one of the AFM’s Inshore Patrol Boats.

The Italian Coast Guard assumed responsibility of the migrant craft when this entered the Italian Search and Rescue Region this morning at around 09:10 hrs CEST.

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