Charity ships rescue nearly 450 migrants in Mediterranean
Charity ships rescued nearly 450 migrants from a wooden boat that was taking on water in the Mediterranean Sea, Sunday, while dozens of mostly Tunisian migrants reached the Italian island of Sardinia unaided.
The French humanitarian group SOS Mediterranee tweeted that its rescue vessel Ocean Viking, along with Sea-Watch 3, a ship operated by a German charity, and well as another German humanitarian boat Resqship, had worked together in a five-hour long rescue attempt.
The charity groups said they were awaiting permission to dock at some southern European port to disembark their passengers.
Separately, dozens of migrants, most of them from Tunisia, reached the southern shores of Sardinia.
Italian media also said a sailboat carrying 13 migrants from Afghanistan, Iraq and Iran was spotted by Italian coast guard and customs vessels near Italy's southeastern tip of Puglia.
Those passengers were taken safely ashore.