The Maltese Armed Forces rescued a group of 63 “Libyan Hell” migrants who were floating in the country’s maritime rescue zone after being alarmed by the NGO Alarm Phone on Friday, a military spokeswoman.
The spokesman, quoted by the Times of Malta, said that the armed forces received a notification on Thursday evening from Alarm Phone, a migrant emergency number that allows them to notify in the event of a shipwreck or other complications while traveling to Europe.
Alarm Phone reported on social media Thursday that “a group of 65 people who escaped from Libyan hell from torture camps” had called them this morning because one of the boat’s engines had stopped.
According to the NGO, it alerted the nearest Italian and Maltese emergency services, but received no response. Instead, the migrants kept calling. “We are dying, nobody is helping us, there is only the sea,” they told him, according to the humanitarian organization.