The Armed Forces of Malta has said that over the past three days AFM personnel stationed at the Rescue and Coordination Centre in Luqa as well as those deployed on air and sea assets have been incessantly working with their Italian counterparts to save lives at sea.

Since Thursday the AFM Operations Centre coordinated 4 SAR cases with a total of 1,062 migrants saved thanks to the coordination between Malta and Italy. During this period Italian Forces have also rescued an additional 4000migrants.

Last night RCC Malta was coordinating a case involving the rescue of a boat with about 400 migrants by a merchant vessel assisted also by the Italian Coast Guard. On closer inspection of the migrant vessel following the transfer, it transpired that a number of migrants were found dead in the vessel’s hold, possibly due to a stampede.

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