The expeditionary fast transport ship “USNS Trenton, in accordance with its obligations under international law, rendered assistance to mariners in distress that it encountered while conducting routine operations in the Mediterranean Sea,” US Navy Lt. Cmdr. Amelia Umayam, a spokesperson for US Sixth Fleet told CNN in a statement.
“Forty people have been recovered and are being provided food, water, and medical care on board Trenton. US authorities are coordinating with our international partners to determine their ultimate disposition,” she added.
Two US officials said the incident involved migrants that were in the waters off of Libya.
Sea Watch and one US official said that several of the migrants died prior to being rescued and that the NGO and the US Navy were awaiting word as to whether they could bring the survivors to Italy.