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Migrants, including children, rescued in Mediterranean

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Posted at 12:52 PM, Nov 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-12 12:52:19-05

LANSING, Mich. — Six people are dead after a rubber boat carrying over 100 migrants seeking asylum deflated in the Mediterranean Sea.

Spanish humanitarian group The Open Arms got to the boat after searching for hours in the waters north of Libya and worked to rescue survivors.

Workers rescued 111 people, which included two infants, alive and recovered five bodies. One of the two infants rescued, a six-month-old girl, died after being brought onto the rescue ship according to the official Open Arms twitter account.

A spokesperson for the group said it had asked authorities in Italy and Malta to evacuate six at-risk people immediately including a pregnant woman, two babies and their mothers.

The international organization for migration says about 575 people have died while trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe so far this year.

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