US Coast Guard vessels rescue scores of migrants off Morocco coast
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.