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Frigate ‘Canarias’ rescues 494 people off the Libyan coast.
Within two weeks, the Spanish Navy warship has rescued 700 migrants.
Tuesday, February 07, 2017


The Spanish Navy’s frigate ‘Canarias’ (F-86), has just rescued 494 migrants who were sailing adrift on a wooden craft off the coast of Libya. The frigate is integrated into EUNAVFOR’s mission ‘SOPHIA’ to help stop human trafficking in the central Mediterranean Sea.

The ‘Canarias’ was informed of four possible contacts near the Libyan coast and was directed to proceed towards the area where she spotted a wooden boat with nearly 500 people. The F-86 embarked 468 men, 18 women and 8 children. Once onboard they were registered and given food, fresh water and warm clothing. Those suffering from dehydration were medically treated and cared for.

The frigate later set sail towards the Isle of Lampedusa to urgently disembark one of the migrants who was diabetic and seriously ill.

So far, the ‘Canarias’ has rescued 700 people in just two weeks.

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