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A picture taken by a drone shows members of the NGO 'SOS Mediterranee' from the 'Aquarius' vessel lead an operation to rescue more than 250 migrants on a wooden boat, about 50 kilometers off the Libyan coast, in the Mediterranean Sea, April 21,l 2018. EPA-EFE/FILE/CHRISTOPHE PETIT TESSON

Neither Italy nor Malta - the two nearest European territories - said they were willing to take in the migrants, despite doctors on the boat warning that there was only enough food and water to survive at sea for one more day.