Asylum seekers trying to cross the Mediterranean sea (Photo: @GeneraalVerkerk/Twitter) - Credit: Asylum seekers trying to cross the Mediterranean sea (Photo: @GeneraalVerkerk/Twitter)
Wednesday, June 29, 2016 - 13:10
Dutch navy rescues 175 asylum seekers on Mediterranean Sea
Dutch frigate Zr. Ms. Van Amstel rescued another 175 asylum seekers in the Mediterranean sea. All of them were dropped off on the Italian island of Lampedusa on Wednesday morning, NOS reports. This is the fourth rescue the Dutch navy ship performed this month. All in all 766 asylum seekers were taken aboard. On Tuesday the frigate picked up 142 people, including 4 pregnant women and 6 children, on a dinghy some 15 miles off the coast of Libya. The dinghy was heavily overloaded and running low on fuel. A short time later another 33 people were picked up. Two weeks ago the Dutch ship rescued 441 asylum seekers from two separate boats. One of the women gave birth on the ship.