A rescued migrant (L) looks down from the deck as the Armed Forces of Malta patrol boat P21 arrives in Floriana, Malta, on July 7, 2019. A group of 58 migrants was rescued by the Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) on Sunday morning. (Xinhua/Jonathan Borg)
VALLETTA, July 7 (Xinhua) -- A group of 58 migrants was rescued by the Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) on Sunday morning.
The migrants were brought to safety on Sunday afternoon to the army's Hay Wharf base on P21, an AFM patrol boat.
The case was flagged up by Alarm Phone, a hotline for migrants in distress, which earlier informed the AFM of a distress case in the Maltese search and rescue zone.
An AFM spokesperson said that the group comprised of only men, with no children on board.
This summer is becoming busy for the Armed Forces of Malta, as migrants continue to cross from Libya to Europe taking the central Mediterranean route.
The AFM is also on the lookout for the NGO boat Alan Kurdi which announced earlier that it has set course to Malta after being refused permission from the Italian authorities to enter Italian waters.