Italian coast guard release video of migrants rescue
Thursday, October 03, 2013 - 00:46
Oct. 4 - Video shows the Italian coast guard rescuing migrants from the water off the southern Italian coast on the same day a boat packed with African migrants caught fire and sank. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
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STORY: A video filmed by the Italian coast guard shows two people being pulled from the water off the coast of the southern Italian island of Lampedusa on Thursday (October 3), after a boat packed with African migrants caught fire and sank in one of the worst disasters of Europe's chronic immigration crisis.
The video shows two men in the waters of the Mediterranean being approached by a coast guard vessel and assisted in boarding it.
It then shows five men on board the coast guard vessel wrapped in thermal blankets.
Authorities have rescued 155 survivors after a 20-metre (66-foot) boat carrying around 500 migrants, mostly Eritreans and Somalis, sank no more than 1 kilometre (0.6 miles) from shore.
They have also recovered 111 bodies from the submerged wreck of the migrant boat and are expecting to recover more, a coast guard official said on Friday (October 4).
In all, more than 300 people are believed to have died in one of the worst tragedies in Europe's decades-long migrant crisis.
The disaster was triggered when fuel aboard the boat caught fire, causing a panicked rush to one side of the boat, which capsized and sank, throwing hundreds of people into the water.
Italy is holding a day of mourning on Friday, and schools will observe a minute's silence in memory of the victims.
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