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30 August 2009



Four illegal immigrants were earlier this afternoon landed in Malta, requiring medical assistance, after they were conveyed to the AFM's Maritime Squadron Base in Haywharf, Floriana. This group of four migrants was made up of one female, two males and a baby. They had previously formed part of a group of around 80 illegal migrants, who were travelling on the high seas northwards to Italy in a 10-metre rubber-dinghy.

Following local and international media reports in the press, the illegal immigrants' dinghy had been sighted yesterday morning by a German Border-Police Puma helicopter, whilst conducting a FRONTEX patrol to the south of Malta. The Maritime Squadron's Protector-class patrol vessel P-51 was immediately dispatched to the dinghy's reported location. It was ascertained once on the spot that the group of migrants included 16 women.

Throughout the rest of their journey, the illegal immigrants were also overflown by an Italian aircraft and a helicopter, the latter purposely sent out from the island of Lampedusa. Subsequently, an Italian navy vessel approached P-51 once the migrants' dinghy had reached an area 25 nautical miles from Capo Passero, Sicily. By 12 noon today, another two Italian patrolboats reached the area to render assistance as required. The Italian Guardia di Finanza vessel 'Denaro was accompanied by the Guardia Costeria vessel 'CP-408'.

The migrants were later taken onboard the 'Denaro' where they were examined by a medic onboard.

P-51 returned to its homeberth at Hay Wharf Base at around 13.30hrs with those migrants requiring more medical assistance.

Picture credit:
Mark Tabone
AFM Maritime Squadron Crew P-51

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29 August 2009


Corpse recovered from the sea

Ref. PHQ’s CMRU’s P.R. 403-09.

Earlier this morning at 06.34hrs, the Armed Forces of Malta’s Operations’ Centre at Luqa Barracks was informed by a local fisherman that he had sighted a corpse floating in the sea off the Ghar Hassan area, on the West coast side of the Island.

The AFM’s Maritime Squadron soon dispatched its Vittoria-class rescue-launch (not a patrol-boat as stated in PHQ P.R.) to the area so as to locate and recover the corpse. Subsequently, the corpse which had a yellow vest, was recovered around a half a nautical mile off il-Mara Point further south of the shoreline.

The corpse was later landed at the Maritime Squadron’s base at Haywharf in Floriana, where a Police hearse and Valletta Water-Police officers were waiting. Duty Magistrate, Dr. E. Grima LLD has appointed a number of experts to assist her instituted inquiry, whilst Police authorities are conducting further investigations.

Note to Editors:

The corpse recovered is of a coloured male, wearing only the said yellow T-shirt and underwear, but no life-jacket. The state of the corpse, not very severely decomposed yet, is indicative that he may well have been part of the group that beached themselves last Wednesday night near the Freeport's Oil-bunkering facility, and who were from a dinghy-load of circa 80 migrants that were intercepted later by the AFM Maritime Squadron's P-24 patrolbaot. That night, another male illegal immigrant who drowned, had been recovered from those waters in a heavy sea swell.

  Body at Sea