Armed Forces of Malta coordinates rescue of 206 migrants in shipwreck, 27 dead

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(SOURCE) Malta has coordinated the search and rescue of a group of at least 206 migrants whose boat capsized, 61.4 nautical miles south off Lampedusa. 27 dead bodies have been collected by armed forces so far.

In an address at 9:15pm, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said the incident was “another wake up call for Europe”.

“How many more people have to die before action is taken? Malta and Italy are working together and we feel abandoned on this operation. This is a European problem. These desperate people are looking for a future in Europe and Europe cannot go blind. The seas around us have turned into a cemetery,” he said.

The AFM said there were 56 survivors – 39 men, eight women and nine infants – on an Italian warship. Another 150 survivors – 113 men, 20 women and 17 children – were on the AFM patrol boat.

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