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Italian Coast Guard rescues hundreds of migrants off Lampedusa

Members of the Italian Coast Guard throw ropes into painful boats carrying migrants during rescue operations in the Mediterranean. This still image was taken from the video on November 25, 2021. Italian Coast Guard / Handouts by REUTERS

November 25, 2021

Rome (Reuters) -Italy’s Coast Guard rescued about 300 migrants from an overloaded boat that encountered difficulties in the rough waters of the Mediterranean as it tried to reach Europe.

Some people were floating in the water when rescue teams arrived on the boat about 14 miles from the coast of Lampedusa in southern Italy.

The Coast Guard said in a statement that the night operations on Wednesday and Thursday involved three ships and one plane.

A total of 296 people were saved, including 14 women and 8 minors.

Boat immigrants have skyrocketed in Italy in recent weeks, and recent arrivals will put further pressure on Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s government to secure agreement with European Union partners on how to deal with inflows.

Another 203 migrants traveling on three separate boats have disembarked in southern Calabria over the past two days, further putting pressure on Italy’s rescue capabilities.

So far, about 61,935 migrants have landed in Italy in 2021, compared to 32,542 in the same period last year, according to Interior Ministry data.

(Report by Angelo Amante; edited by Angus MacSwan)



Italian Coast Guard rescues hundreds of migrants off Lampedusa

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