- The Asso Ventotto picked up 108 migrants in international waters on Monday
- They were found around 60 nautical miles northwest of Libya’s capital Tripoli
- Italy’s coastguard reportedly instructed the ship to coordinate the rescue operation with Libyan authorities
Migrant rescue charities operating in the Mediterranean said an Italian boat may have violated international law by taking more than 100 migrants it had saved back to Libya.
The Asso Ventotto, an Italian offshore supply ship, picked up 108 migrants in international waters late on Monday.
They were found on a dinghy around 60 nautical miles northwest of Libya’s capital Tripoli, according to a maritime traffic site.
Local media reported that Italy‘s coastguard instructed the Asso Ventotto to coordinate the rescue operation with the Libyan authorities.