Malta Rescues 95 Migrants From Sinking Dinghy

July 27, 2020 Updated: July 27, 2020

VALLETTA—Malta’s armed forces have rescued a group of 95 migrants found in distress on a dinghy north of Libya and brought them ashore at a military base near the capital Valletta, authorities said on Monday.

A volunteer organization, Alarm Phone, on Sunday morning said the dinghy was overcrowded and taking in water. It said the boat was located within Malta’s search-and-rescue region.

Rescued migrants disembark
Rescued migrants disembark during their arrival in Senglea, in Valletta’s Grand Harbor, Malta, on July 27, 2020. (Darrin Zammit Lupi/Reuters)

A Maltese patrol boat rescued another group of 63 migrants and brought them to Malta on July 17. One of those migrants later tested positive to COVID-19 and the medical authorities put the whole group in quarantine.

By Christopher Scicluna