Newborn baby rescued from the Mediterranean "beautifully healthy", charity says

The MSF say more than 4,650 people have died or gone missing since January 1st

Newborn baby rescued from the Mediterranean "beautifully healthy", charity says

Image via @MSF_Sea on Twitter

A medical charity say a baby born after his mother was rescued in the Mediterranean is "beautifully healthy and doing well”.

The MV Aquarius – a search and rescue vessel operated by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and SOS MEDITERRANEE - took 678 people on board over a two day period.

They are now disembarking at Cantania, Sicily.

Among them is a new baby boy named Favour and his mother Cynthia.

She gave birth with the assistance of a midwife on board.

Image via @MSF_Sea on Twitter

On the night of December 11th, the boy was born, weighing 3.1kgs. The people on the Aquarius were from 20 countries

MSF say more than 4,650 people have died or gone missing the waters of the Mediterranean Sea since January 1st this year.

This is the highest number since records began - but the charity adds that the real number is likely much higher.

Three boats belonging to the charity - Aquarius, Bourbon Argos and Dignity I - have rescued 19,708 people this year.