Spanish fishermen save 50 immigrants off Libya

15th October 2007, Comments 0 comments

15 October 2007, MADRID -(AFP) - A Spanish fishing boat saved some 50 sub-Saharan migrants floating in a small vessel off the coast of Libya, diplomats here said Sunday.

15 October 2007

MADRID -(AFP) - A Spanish fishing boat saved some 50 sub-Saharan migrants floating in a small vessel off the coast of Libya, diplomats here said Sunday.

Ambassadors from Spain and Portugal -- where the fishing boat was registered -- were trying Sunday to get Libya's agreement to allow the migrants to disembark there, the source told AFP.

"There were three children between the ages of two and four and five women, all crying and vomiting," shipowner Antonio Lopez told Spanish radio Cadena Sur.

He said he reached the migrants in the nick of time Saturday, as the situation on their boat was becoming critical.

In June, another Spanish fishing boat saved 25 African migrants in Libyan waters. Libyan authorities at first refused to let them disembark, but eventually gave them the green light.

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