ABOARD THE SEABIRD (AP) — An Italian offshore supply vessel has rescued 65 migrants, including women and children, fleeing Libya to Europe on a crowded, wooden boat.
The migrant boat was drifting after its engine stopped working and was spotted by the Seabird, an NGO monitoring aircraft flying over the central Mediterranean.
Those on board were not wearing life vests and were eventually rescued in international waters by the Asso Ventinove supply vessel near the Bouri oilfield following a request to do so from the Seabird.
An Associated Press journalist flying with Seabird witnessed the rescue.
A Libyan coast guard vessel arrived on the scene shortly afterward to inspect the empty boat.