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Spanish charity rescues 230 African, Asian migrants at sea

  • A migrant rescued from a rubber boat by members of Proactiva Open Arms NGO, in the Mediterranean sea, about 56 miles north of Sabratha, Libya, Thursday, April 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

    A migrant rescued from a rubber boat by members of Proactiva Open Arms NGO, in the Mediterranean sea, about 56 miles north of Sabratha, Libya, Thursday, April 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)  (The Associated Press)

  • Migrants are rescued from a rubber boat by members of Proactiva Open Arms NGO, in the Mediterranean sea, about 56 miles north of Sabratha, Libya, Thursday, April 6, 2017.  Many fences are still being erected across much of Serbia and Croatia to stop the flow of migrants along the land route into central Europe, but these migrants will be taken direct to Trapani, Italy.  (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

    Migrants are rescued from a rubber boat by members of Proactiva Open Arms NGO, in the Mediterranean sea, about 56 miles north of Sabratha, Libya, Thursday, April 6, 2017. Many fences are still being erected across much of Serbia and Croatia to stop the flow of migrants along the land route into central Europe, but these migrants will be taken direct to Trapani, Italy. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)  (The Associated Press)

  • Migrants take a rest aboard the Golfo Azurro vessel after being rescued by members of Proactiva Open Arms NGO, in the Mediterranean sea, about 56 miles north of Sabratha, Libya, Thursday, April 6, 2017. Many fences are still being erected across the land route into central Europe, but these migrants will be taken to Trapani, Italy. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

    Migrants take a rest aboard the Golfo Azurro vessel after being rescued by members of Proactiva Open Arms NGO, in the Mediterranean sea, about 56 miles north of Sabratha, Libya, Thursday, April 6, 2017. Many fences are still being erected across the land route into central Europe, but these migrants will be taken to Trapani, Italy. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)  (The Associated Press)

A Spanish charity says it has rescued 230 migrants, from African and Asian countries, in boats trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea.

Proactiva Open Arms spokeswoman Laura Lanuza said the group found two boats sailing 90 kilometers (56 miles) from the Libyan coast Thursday.

Two merchant vessels also rescued migrants, mostly from Eritrea, who were trying to reach European shores in two other boats. The migrants were transferred to Proactiva's rescue vessel, the Golfo Azurro, which plans to take them to an Italian port Saturday.

Speaking Friday, Lanuza said there were several minors and 10 women among the migrants, one of them heavily pregnant.

She said there were also migrants from Bangladesh, Cameroon, Pakistan and Togo. She said some needed treatment for burns and other injuries.