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Ocean Viking ship rescues hundreds of migrants off Libya coast | Al Jazeera

Ocean Viking ship rescues hundreds of migrants

More than 370 migrants and refugees have been rescued off the coast of Libya by the Ocean Viking humanitarian vessel in two days, a French NGO running the boat said on Saturday.

SOS Mediterranee said that “106 people were rescued … in international waters 28 nautical miles (52km) from the Libyan coast” on Friday evening.

“The majority of the people aboard an inflatable rubber dinghy were found intoxicated by oil fumes,” it said. They came from Guinea, Sudan and Sierra Leone.

On Friday morning, the Ocean Viking picked up 149 people from two boats following an SOS signal, including 58 minors and four babies – one just a month old, it said.

Since Thursday, a total of 374 people have been rescued by the Ocean Viking, of whom 165 are children, SOS Mediterranee said.

A total of 131 minors are unaccompanied.

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