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More than 2000 migrants recovered in the Mediterranean in recent hours

(credit: Italian Coast Guard)
(credit: Italian Coast Guard)

(B2) Italian coast guard and navy vessels have recovered, in recent hours, nearly 2000 migrants on board around 11 ships from Libya. Maltese and Irish ships have assisted in what appears to be one of the biggest rescue operations in recent months.

Vessel Dactyl Coastguard (CP940) took care of 800 people aboard 5 rubber dinghies. While his counterpart furry (CP905) came to the rescue, with the Maltese authorities, of 229 migrants aboard a fishing vessel.

Vessel De La Penne in operation for Safe Sea arrived on Tuesday (May 24) in Augusta, with 509 people on board, picked up the day before. the Bettica had carried out three rescue operations on Monday in the Strait of Sicily recovering respectively 137, 123 and 121 people who were on board inflatable boats.

The Irish Navy vessel Lé Róisín (participating in Frontex's Operation Triton) took part in two rescue operations bringing 395 people on board, off the coast of Tripoli. One made it possible to come to the rescue of a wooden ship saving 274 people, according to a press release from the Irish forces, the other 121 people aboard an inflatable boat.


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).