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A group of 83 migrants, including a nine-month-old baby, a child and 12 women, was rescued this morning by the AFM.

The migrants were on a dinghy 97 nautical miles south-south-east of Malta. The migrants claimed to have lost 5 members of their group.

The presence of the dinghy was first reported by Rome rescue centre yesterday afternoon. The AFM diverted the tanker Johann Schulte to the given position. A German coastguard Puma helicopter based in Malta for Frontex operations also went to the scene. The helicopter crew reported sighting the boat with infants onboard and individuals lacking life-jackets.

The ship provided the migrants with some food and water and the migrants early today were then transferred to patrol boat P-51 which is expected to arrive in Malta later this morning.

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