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5 Jul 2013 3:15 pm
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Gunshot victims found in boat from Libya

Gunshot victims found in boat from Libya

Malta on Thursday rescued 290 migrants arriving on a boat from Libyan shores, including three people with gunshot wounds and four others with a slow heart rate or who were drifting in and out of consciousness.

The seven were flown to hospital by the Maltese maritime squadron, while the others were ferried on several patrol boats, an army spokesman said.

It is understood that the three gunshot victims were already wounded when they left Libya and their health had deteriorated during the voyage.

The migrants were on a heavily overcrowded rubber dinghy which was intercepted some 56 nautical miles (104 kilometres, 64 miles) south of Malta.

The boat was taking in water.