Video: 127 Eritrean Migrants with 19 Children and 63 Women Rescued off Lampedusa

Video: 127  Eritrean Migrants with 19 Children and 63 Women Rescued off Lampedusa

Posted on 24/10/13 

Lampedusa (TMNews) – one hundred and twenty Seven Eritrean migrants, among them 19 children and 63 women, three of whom are pregnant, rescued at sea by the Coast Guard and transferred to the port of Lampedusa. The adverse conditions of the sea do not stop landings on the Italian coast, as shown by the images of the rescue boat by two Coast Guard patrol boats. Another twenty Iraqis and Afghans have been rescued off the coast of Santa Maria di Leuca by the Port.

The theme of immigrants, which in Italy is realized with new arrivals every day is at the center of the Brussels European Council: the Heads of State and Government call for "determined action to prevent the loss of human lives at sea" on the basis of the principles of solidarity and fair sharing of responsibility. Italy's position is firm: Premier Enrico Letta demanding a change of attitude in Europe and concrete answers as the strengthening of Frontex activities. The mayor of Lampedusa Giusi Nicolini met the President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz: migrants at sea, "we must give the possibility to not die with them because it is Europe that is shipwrecked in the Mediterranean," he said, carrying the message of the Island in Brussels. "Do not disappoint us."

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Italian Coast Guard Rescues 127 Migrants from Fishing Boat off Lampedusa

LAMPEDUSA, Italy, Oct. 24 (UPI) — The Italian Coast Guard rescued some 127 migrants from a troubled fishing boat off the island of Lampedusa, officials said Thursday.
The fishing boat was first seen by a police patrol boat about seven miles south of Lampedusa, Italy's ANSA news agency reported.

The migrants were transferred from the fishing boat on to two Coast Guard vessels heading towards Lampedusa, authorities said.

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