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US Navy rescues African migrants

A photo provided by the U.S. Navy Media Content Service (NMCS) on 17 October 2013 shows distressed persons being transferred from the amphibious transport dock ship 'USS San Antonio' (LPD 17) to the Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) offshore patrol vessel P52, off the coast of Malta, Mediterranean Sea, 17 October 2013. The 'USS San Antonio' reportedly provided food, water, medical attention, and temporary shelter to the rescued 128 men who were adrift in an inflatable raft on 16 October after responding to a call by the Maltese Government. The group of more than 120 migrants, mainly men, said they were from Somalia. EPA/Navy Media Content Service/U.S. Navy/HANDOUT

US Navy rescues African migrants

October 17, 2013

A US warship has rescued 128 migrants from an inflatable raft that was threatening to capsize in rough seas in the Mediterranean after a request from Malta, officials said Thursday.

The USS San Antonio, which is equipped with an amphibious transport dock that can help in rescue operations, was scrambled on Wednesday after a Maltese military aircraft spotted the dinghy.