Italy rescues 1,500 migrants in Mediterranean in one day

Rome (AFP) – Some 1,500 migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean to Italy in five different boats were rescued in one day, Italian coastguards said Sunday.

Four coastguard vessels and an Italian navy ship intervened Saturday to save three large boats carrying migrants off the Libyan coast after intercepting distress calls from satellite telephones, only to find two other migrants boats in difficulty nearby.

The Italian vessels were on Sunday transferring the migrants to the island of Lampedusa and the Sicilian ports of Augusta and Porto Empedocle.

In a separate incident on Saturday, 318 migrants were brought to the Sicilian port of Pozzallo after being rescued off Libya by an Icelandic navy ship taking part in a patrol for the EU borders agency Frontex…

An earlier report, More than 300 migrants rescued off Sicily, says “the migrants came from 13 different countries: Sudan, Ghana, Morocco, Mali, Mauritania, Senegal, Pakistan, Nigeria, Syria, Palestine, Eritrea, India and Tunisia.”

  • Ron MacDonald

    Why? They’d stop coming if it were too dangerous.

  • pop

    Islamic invaders

  • cmh

    take them over to the Vatican so the Pope can wash their feet….

  • BillyHW

    You can’t escape yourself. Any place these barbarians get too will be a shithole of their own creation.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    The Italians could have spared themselves a lot of trouble and expense by plopping mines into the waters.

  • DMB

    Notice how none of these ships have woman and children on them only adult men. This is the 21 century version of the Trojan hoarse. The only thing they are missing is weapons which I am sure will be provided for them later in Europe.