Six-month-old baby dies hours after being rescued from the Mediterranean | Europe


A six-month-old baby died hours after being pulled from the Mediterranean, Spanish refugee rescue charity Proactiva Open Arms said on Thursday.The little boy from Guinea, Joseph, was among 111 survivors welcomed by Open Arms on Wednesday after sending rescue units on a rubber dinghy that sank off the Libyan coast.

In video footage from the rescue operation, Joseph’s mother can be seen gliding on a boat as it moves across the waves, shouting, “Where’s my baby? I’m losing my baby. Find my baby, find my baby!

During the operation, five bodies were recovered.

Joseph’s death brought the total death toll from the sinking to six.

Ada Colau, the mayor of Barcelona, ​​tweeted: “Every life counts. It could have been our [baby]. »

Joseph and his mother, as well as a pregnant woman, were evacuated by the Italian coast guard and taken to the island of Lampedusa, an Open Arms spokeswoman said.

Three other survivors in urgent need of medical attention – a three-month-old girl, her mother and a 25-year-old man with serious heart problems – have been airlifted to Malta.

They were taken there because Malta offered the nearest hospital, the Italian coast guard said in a separate statement, noting that Maltese authorities had helped with the transfer.

The Open Arms, currently the only charity rescue ship active in the central Mediterranean, has 257 refugees on board, after three separate operations between Tuesday and Wednesday.

Five bodies are also still on the ship, Open Arms said on Twitter.

“The Med is a cemetery without tombstones,” the organization said.

A refugee kisses her baby after being rescued by the NGO Proactiva Open Arms in the Mediterranean Sea, November 11, 2020 [Sergi Camara/AP]

For months, small boats carrying refugees and migrants have left Libya and Tunisia, usually trying to reach Italy.

According to data from Italy’s Interior Ministry, the country has so far registered nearly 31,000 refugee arrivals in 2020, compared to nearly 10,000 in the same period last year.

So far this year, at least 796 people have died trying to reach Europe through the Mediterranean, according to data from the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

Pregnant refugee receives ultrasound on board the Open Arms rescue boat, after being in the Mediterranean Sea, Wednesday November 11, 2020 [Sergi Camara/AP]


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