In a very concerted effort, Spanish and Italian naval ships, along with vessels from non-government groups have rescued thousands of migrants off the Libyan coast.
Around 6, 500 migrants were rescued on Monday morning, August 29th from more than 40 fishing boats by members of Proactiva Open Arms NGO, Doctors Without Borders, Italian Coast Guard personnel and several partner agencies about 13 miles north of Sabratha, Libya.
According to AFP, Monday’s dramatic operation took place just 21 kilometers (13 miles) north of the town of Sabratha in Libya. Also, Proactiva Open Arms and Doctors Without Borders are helping take on some 3,000 people who had been travelling in some 20 small wooden boats.
The dramatic scene saw migrants from Eritrea and Somalia rescued with some jumping into the water and swimming toward to safety while others carefully carried babies onto the rescue ships.
The rescued were among the tens of thousands of Africans who take the dangerous Mediterranean Sea route to Europe in search of a better life.