VIDEO: Nigerian Woman Gives Birth Moments After Being Rescued From Sinking Boat

A Nigerian woman who was rescued from a sinking dinghy in the Mediterranean gave birth to a baby a few minutes later.

Nigerian Woman Gives Birth At Sea

The Nation reports that the woman and 104 other migrants had been attempting to cross the sea on a rickety dinghy when it began to deflate. Luckily, the Italian search and rescue service saved the life of the woman and other refugees.

After the dramatic rescue, the coastguards were surprised to find that one of the women was about to give birth.

When they reached the southern Italian island of Lampedusa, one of the guards helped the new mother to step off the boat and carefully carried the baby.

Both mother and her child were transferred to hospital and now they are doing well.

The Nigerian woman is one of 300,000 refugees and migrants who have crossed the Mediterranean into Europe this year. More than 2,700 people have died this year in their attempt to across the sea from the Middle East, Asia and Africa.

In the video the new mother is seen being helped by coastguards.

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