Italy rescues around 1,000 migrants at sea, one dead

(Reuters) – Italian and merchant ships rescued around 1,000 migrants from three overcrowded skiffs near the coast of Libya and found one dead body, Italy’s coast guard said.

The migrants sent out a distress call by satellite phone on Friday and were being taken to ports in Sicily, the coast guard added in a statement, without giving details of their nationalities.

Two other inflatable boats carrying 73 people — identified as Syrians, Kurds and Somalis — were intercepted by police off the Italian coast near Puglia, according to a separate statement from the police. Two Albanian smugglers were arrested in the operation.

Refugees and migrants from the Middle East and Africa regularly risk the hazardous journey across the Mediterranean, often between Libya and Sicily, to reach the European Union.

Around 3,500 are estimated to have drowned last year when more than 170,000 migrants managed to reach Italy by sea…

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  • BillyHW

    Italy was nice while it lasted. And the food was spectacular.

  • Rosenmops

    I can’t bear to read about this any more. The people running Europe are crazy.

    • Frau Katze

      I know what you mean. The news is so depressing,

      • andrew john almady

        GIVEN A RELIGION WHOSE ONLY AIM IS TO KILL, DESTROY AND DOMINATE AND WE WELCOME THESE FILTHY VERMIN RIDDEN ANIMALS WITH OPEN ARMS IT IS BEYOND COMPREHENSION. ONCE THEY GET ASYLUM THEY WILL BRING THEIR STINKING FEMALES AND START BREEDING LIKE RABBITS. ABUSING THE SOCIAL SYSTEM TO THE FULL EXTENT. EU POLITICIAN ALL GOING SOFT IN THE HEAD? GET SOME GUN BOATS OUT TO THE MED AND DESTROY THIS VERMIN. S O S EUROPE

  • Brett_McS

    Where Why have all the soldiers gone invaders come?
    Gone to graveyardsCome for welfare, ev’ryone.
    When will they we ever learn? Oh, when will they we ever learn?

  • Oil and beef

    Infiltration of subversants for sleeper cells. A perfect cover. Don’t even require fake documents. The end of Europe.