Hundreds of migrants rescued in the Mediterranean

In the Mediterranean, rescue organizations pulled hundreds of migrants off a wooden boat that threatened to sink yesterday. The Ocean Viking ships of aid organization SOS Méditerranée and the Sea-Watch 3 took on board some 450 migrants. On board the rescue ships were also people rescued earlier this week.

According to the French aid organization SOS Méditerranée, the five-hour relief action collaborated with the German Sea-Watch and the German Resqship. The rescue operation was according to the organization in the Tunisian waters.

The migrants were rescued from a multi-storey wooden boat, says the organization. The relief organization says the Ocean Viking ship is now full, as people were rescued earlier this week. There are some 555 people aboard the Ocean Viking. Among the sailing is a three-month-old baby. The relief organization says that the ship needs to go to a safe port as soon as possible.

United Nations figures show that more than 900 migrants died in the Mediterranean this year. The crossing from Libya and Tunisia to Europe is dangerous and the overcrowded boats often get into trouble in the middle of the sea.