Tuesday, July 12, 2011

NATO rescues a sinking boat about o with 60 immigrants

Several aircraft and a warship of NATO have rescued a boat carrying at least 60 migrants on board was about to sink off the coast of Libya, as reported by official sources of the Alliance. Early reports indicate a tug Cypriot immigrants than among Libyans have eight children and 17 women, including four pregnant.

All would be as safe, after the crew of the Spanish ship 'Juan de Bourbon' has provided them food and water. Both the Spanish ship and the tug of Cyprus remain in place to help the boat, which could involve the transfer of migrants to the 'Juan de Bourbon' or to be taken back to shore. The boat was spotted in international waters between Libya and Tunisia, about 50 kilometers northwest of Tripoli, a U.S. NATO aircraft.

ABritish plane of Early Warning and Control (AWACS) aircraft flew over the area and instructed an air patrol of the Alliance and the 'Juan de Borbón' to investigate the request for relief.

Apparently, the boat carrying the migrants, about 30 feet long, had engine problems that had been left lying in the water. Since the outbreak of revolts against the Libyan leader, Muammar Gaddafi, thousands of people have fled the country to escape violence.

Some of them have managed to cross the border or reach European shores, while hundreds have died in the attempt.

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