Nigerian migrant delivers baby on ship

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 Otas, second left, and Faith, right, pose for a photo with one of their sons Rollres, left, and baby Newman Otas, born on board MV Aquarius, on the Mediterranean Sea. The family were rescued from an overcrowded rubber boat 24 hours previously. (MSF)
Nigerian migrant Faith, right, Otas, second left, pose for a photo with one of their sons Rollres, left, and baby Newman Otas, born on board MV Aquarius, on the Mediterranean Sea. The family were rescued from an overcrowded rubber boat 24 hours previously. (MSF)

Just 24 hours after a Nigerian migrant family was rescued from an overcrowded rubber boat, a baby boy has been born aboard a rescue vessel in the Mediterranean Sea.

Doctors Without Borders, one of the operators of the rescue ship Aquarius, said the boy was born to Nigerian parents in international waters Monday morning. He was named Newman Otas.

Jonquil Nicholl, a midwife with the aid group who delivered the baby, said it was “a very normal birth in dangerously abnormal conditions.”

Parents Otas and Faith and older brothers Victory and Rollres were rescued from a rubber boat trying to cross the Mediterranean from Libya a day previously.

The baby’s mother said she was panicking before the rescue that she would go into labor, and had been having contractions for three days.

In a related story, a Romanian television station is reporting that two migrants, including a 5-year-old boy, have drowned and six are missing after their boat sank last week crossing the River Danube from Bulgaria to Romania.

Romanian television Digi24, reporting from Bulgaria on Tuesday, says the bodies were found in the Bulgarian waters of the Danube after their boat capsized on Thursday. Authorities are searching for six others in the river, which forms part of the border between Bulgaria and Romania.

The station reported that another four migrants were rescued and were taken to the Bulgarian capital, Sofia. The station said the migrants had come from Turkey and were trying to avoid Serbia, where border controls have been tightened up.

The station reported authorities found the body of a 5-year-old boy and a teenager on Sunday.

Border police in the Bulgarian port of Ruse didn’t immediately respond to calls from The Associated Press. Romanian border police on the other side of the Danube declined to comment.

 


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