Alarm Phone loses contact with 25 people stranded in Malta SAR
Rescue NGO Alarm Phone has lost contact with a group of 25 asylum seekers who were in distress in the Maltese search and rescue region on Friday.
“We lost contact with the 25 people in distress 12 hours ago,” Alarm Phone said.
The NGO said on Friday that the Maltese authorities had ignored its call for help and in an update on Saturday morning, Alarm Phone said that 42 hours after its initial alert, the Italian Coast Guard responded but that the boat has not yet been found.
He said the boat was about 200 km from the mainland, and “we are very concerned for the welfare of the people! We urge the Italian Coast Guard to continue their research! “
On Christmas Eve, sources said Newsbook.com.mt that while the Maltese armed forces had no information on the case, investigations were nevertheless underway.
On Thursday, Alarm Phone said the group left Libya three days ago. The NGO said it alerted Maltese authorities to a boat with 25 people on board, but authorities were not helpful.
“The authorities are alerted but deny all responsibility or are not reachable at all,” Alarm Phone said.