US Africa Command says rescued migrant boat in cooperation with Libyan Coast Guard

Alwasat - Cairo Wed 29 Jul 2020, 11:35 AM
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The US Africa Command (AFRICOM) said that a boat carrying 131 migrants, about 80 kilometers northwest of Misrata, was rescued in coordination with the Libyan Coast Guard.

The rescue occured on July 21 after US military personnel heard their distress signal.

"Our routine surveillance along the North Africa Coast gave us an opportunity to lend a helping hand," said General Stephen Townsend.

He continued: "International partnership remains important to addressing mutual challenges. In this case, collective contributions helped save lives.”

The deputy to the commander for civilian-military engagement in AFRICOM, Ambassador Andrew Young, said the rescue operation "highlights the level of cooperation we've developed not only with our partners in Africa, but more broadly in the region."

On July 23, the European Coast Guard and Border Agency reported that the Libyan coast guard had rescued all the passengers on the boat and transferred them to safety.

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