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A migrant raft spotted by U.S. Coast Guard cutters and the Moroccan coast guard in the Atlantic Ocean on Jan. 5, 2022.
A migrant raft spotted by U.S. Coast Guard cutters and the Moroccan coast guard in the Atlantic Ocean on Jan. 5, 2022. (Ade Gills/U.S. Coast Guard)

NAPLES, Italy — Three U.S. Coast Guard cutters and a Moroccan navy frigate rescued 103 people in the Atlantic Ocean, officials said Friday.

The ships — the Thetis, the Glen Harris and the Emlen Tunnell — answered a rescue call late Tuesday after Spain’s Las Palmas Rescue Coordination Center received reports of two migrant rafts taking on water about 40 nautical miles off the coast of Morocco, the Coast Guard said in a statement.

Working together, the crews rescued 103 people and recovered two bodies by Wednesday morning. The survivors later were transferred to the Moroccan navy, officials said.

The Thetis, which was on escort duty, diverted along with the other cutters to assist with the rescue, said Cmdr. Justin Nadolny, commanding officer of Thetis.

The Coast Guard is on a routine deployment in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. The deployment coincides with the escort of the Glen Harris and Emlen Tunnell across the Atlantic to their new home port of Manama, Bahrain, as part of the Navy’s 5th Fleet.

U.S. Coast Guard cutter Thetis, right, and the Moroccan coast guard rescue two migrant rafts in the Atlantic Ocean on Jan. 5, 2022.
U.S. Coast Guard cutter Thetis, right, and the Moroccan coast guard rescue two migrant rafts in the Atlantic Ocean on Jan. 5, 2022. (U.S. Coast Guard)
The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Glen Harris assesses an overloaded raft in the Atlantic Ocean on Jan. 5, 2022.
The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Glen Harris assesses an overloaded raft in the Atlantic Ocean on Jan. 5, 2022. (Ade Gills/U.S. Coast Guard)
Crew members of the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Glen Harris pull migrants from the Atlantic Ocean on Jan. 5, 2022.
Crew members of the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Glen Harris pull migrants from the Atlantic Ocean on Jan. 5, 2022. (Ade Gills/U.S. Coast Guard)
Crew members of the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Glen Harris rescue migrants from the water in the Atlantic Ocean Jan. 5, 2022.
Crew members of the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Glen Harris rescue migrants from the water in the Atlantic Ocean Jan. 5, 2022. (Ade Gills/U.S. Coast Guard)
Coast Guardsmen assist rescued migrants aboard the cutter Glen Harris in the Atlantic Ocean on Jan. 5, 2022.
Coast Guardsmen assist rescued migrants aboard the cutter Glen Harris in the Atlantic Ocean on Jan. 5, 2022. (Ade Gills/U.S. Coast Guard)
Crew members of the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Glen Harris assess a rescued migrant Jan. 5, 2022.
Crew members of the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Glen Harris assess a rescued migrant Jan. 5, 2022. (Ade Gills/U.S. Coast Guard)
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Alison Bath reports on the U.S. Navy, including U.S. 6th Fleet, in Europe and Africa. She has reported for a variety of publications in Montana, Nevada and Louisiana, and served as editor of newspapers in Louisiana, Oregon and Washington.
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