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Captain says sight of capsized boat was paralyzing

Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 01:25

''From the very first moment I saw the boat capsizing, the first reaction... was like being frozen,'' says Captain Francesco Lavazzo, who helped rescue over 500 migrants from a sinking vessel in the Mediterranean. Rough Cut - subtitled (no reporter narration).

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Survivors from a boat that capsized in the Mediterranean arrive in the Sicilian port of Empedocle. The Italian navy says some 562 people were rescued... And five bodies were recovered. Francesco Lavazzo, the captain of the Italian navy ship "Bettica", helped with the rescue. (SOUNDBITE) (English) COMMANDER OF THE ITALIAN NAVY SHIP BETTICA, FRANCESCO IAVAZZO, SAYING: "From the very first moment I saw the boat capsizing the first reaction, I would say human reaction, was like being frozen from what you were looking at, from what was happening in front of your eyes. But it was not possible to be frozen. We needed to react so what I did was to act as a commanding officer, to give orders and put my ship as close as possible to the wreckage in order to let my crew throw into the water whatever could be used for people to grab, to float, to survive. That's what we did..." Officials say Italy has helped rescue more than 10,000 migrants this week alone... a sign that Europe's immigration crisis is far from over.

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Captain says sight of capsized boat was paralyzing

Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 01:25