56 people rescued from sea

VALLETTA - A total of 56 would-be immigrants have been rescued off Malta brought to shore in two separate operations.

VALLETTA - A total of 56 would-be immigrants have been rescued off Malta brought to shore in two separate operations.

In the first rescue early yesterday morning, the owner of a tanker alerted Maltese officials that his crew had come across a group of Africans on board a rickety boat who were asking for fuel and food.

A Maltese rescue vessel was dispatched to the scene, bringing 26 would-be immigrants, including two women to shore.

In a second rescue operation 30 men were initially picked up by an Italian fishing boat 40 nautical miles south of Malta. - Sapa-dpa

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