59 migrants - 55 men and four women - claiming to be from Pakistan, Syria, Somalia and Kashmir have been rescued by the Armed Forces of Malta and brought to Malta on Sunday morning.
On Saturday night the AFM received reports that a dinghy possibly carrying migrants was traced at 68NM off Delimara Point. The AFM scrambled a King Air aircraft to carry out a search.
The dinghy was located at 66 NM off Delimara Point and was heading North with a speed of 3 to 5 knots. An Inshore Patrol Vessel from the Maritime Squadron P24 was also diverted to the said position.
P52 was dispatched to the area to monitor the situation and due to an increasing swell and deteriorating conditions onboard the dinghy, it was decided to transfer the immigrants onboard the Protector Class Patrol Boat (P52) at 0440 hrs.