FOUR ILLEGAL MIGRANTS LANDED FOR MEDICAL ASSISTANCE
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.
AFM Maritime Squadron Crew P-51
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