Greater than 1400 migrants have been rescued from overcrowded vessels, together with a sailboat, in 4 separate operations within the Mediterranean Sea off southern Italy.
There have been 47 migrants, together with two youngsters, in fast want of medical care aboard the sailboat in misery off the area of Calabria, within the “toe” of the Italian peninsula, a coastguard assertion mentioned.
They had been rescued by a coastguard boat early on Tuesday.
The assertion mentioned the rescues started late on Monday evening and ended within the early hours of Wednesday within the Ionian Sea off Calabria’s east coast.
One coastguard vessel took on round 590 migrants from aboard a fishing boat, after which later introduced on round 650 migrants from one other fishing boat, the assertion mentioned.
A coastguard boat and an Italian border police ship got here to the help of a fourth vessel, with 130 migrants aboard.
Authorities didn’t instantly give particulars on the nationalities of the passengers or routes taken by the migrant vessels.
Earlier this yr, a migrant boat navigating on that route slammed right into a sandbank simply off a Calabrian seashore city and broke aside. At the very least 94 migrants perished and 80 others survived.
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