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706 migrants saved by Reina Sofia

A survivor hugs his rescuers upon arrival on the Reina Sofia (credit: Eunavfor Med / Spanish Navy)
A survivor embraces his rescuers upon arrival on the Reina Sofia (credit: Eunavfor Med / Spanish Navy)

(B2) 706 migrants were rescued on the high seas on Thursday (May 26) by Frontex ships (Operation Triton) and the Italian Coast Guard.

They are all " safe on board the frigate Reina Sofia » indicates EUNAVFOR Med HQ in Rome.

The Spanish Navy frigate had just joined the European maritime operation in the Mediterranean (Operation Sophia) only two days ago.

(update) Relief in the Mediterranean continued over the following days. So the Vega, an Italian navy ship rescued 27 migrants on Friday (May 135) aboard a boat that had half sunk. 45 bodies were recovered. It then reached the port of Reggio Calabria, in Sicily, with a total of 629 migrants on board.

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).