Ship from Spanish NGO saves 200 migrants

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By NTD Newsroom
April 1, 2017World News

A rescue ship from a Spanish NGO pulled more than 200 refugees from two overcrowded rubber boats on April 1.

The former fishing trawler Golfo Azzurro, operated by Spanish nonprofit Proactiva Open Arms, found the boats drifting 22 miles off the Libyan coast.

Most of the migrants were from Ghana, Nigeria, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. Their numbers included 20 women and 4-day-old baby. They will be taken to Pozzallo, Sicily.

Proactiva Open Arms specializes in saving refugees at sea.

Rescue efforts are not always successful. Proactiva Open Arms pulled five dead migrants from the sea on March 23.

Almost 650 migrants have died so far this year trying to cross the Mediterranean.

The International Migration Organization (IOM) estimates some 4,600 deaths last year.

Libya has asked the EU for ships and radar units to help combat the smuggling of migrants.

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