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Spanish activists rescue 148 migrants in Mediterranean

Rome, Feb 19 (efe-epa).- A baby was among the 148 migrants rescued Friday by the crew of a ship belonging to the Spanish NGO Salvamento Maritimo Humanitario (SMH) in two separate operations in the Mediterranean Sea.

The Aita Mari is the only humanitarian vessel currently plying the waters of the central Mediterranean.

Salvamento Maritimo Humanitario (Humanitarian Maritime Rescue) announced last Saturday that the Aita Mari was setting out from Spain after five months in port.

Early Friday, the Aita Mari came to the aid of 102 migrants aboard a wooden boat that had spent a day adrift near Malta, SMH said on Twitter.

The occupants contacted the Aita Mari via Alarm Phone, a dedicated telephone line established by SMH.

Forty-six migrants on another boat in distress were rescued a few hours later.

More than 350 migrants arrived under their own power on the Sicilian islands of Pantelleria and Lampedusa during the last 36 hours, Italian media reported.

A ship operated by the Spanish humanitarian group Open Arms docked on Tuesday in Porto Empedocle, Sicily, carrying 146 migrants rescued at sea.

The crew of the rescue vessel remain in quarantine in Porto Empedocle. EFE ccg-lsc/dr

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