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Rescued migrants arrive in Italy

Sunday, October 23, 2016 - 00:41

Some of the hundreds of migrants rescued from boats off the coast of Libya over the weekend have arrived in Italy.

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NATURAL ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION A search and rescue vessel arrived in southern Italy on Saturday (October 22) carrying 434 migrants following their rescue from three rubber boats off the coast of Libya. The Responder, a ship chartered by the Migrant Offshore Aid Station, docked in the port of Vibo Valentia having carried out three separate rescues in 48 hours of rubber boats full of men, women and children in international waters off the coast of Libya. Among the group were 60 women, eight children, including a two-day-old baby, and four pregnant women. Some migrants were unconscious when they were found and were given emergency medical care once onboard the Responder by members of the International Federation of the Red Cross. Rescuers pulled a total of 2,400 boat migrants to safety on Saturday, the Italian coastguard said, adding 14 dead bodies had been recovered in the past two days. Some 20 operations were carried out on Saturday alone, including rescues involving an Irish naval ship and boats from humanitarian groups Doctors Without Borders and Sea Watch. Doctors Without Borders said in a tweet on Saturday it believed 12 people had died during rescue operations, four of them children. More than 3,100 migrants have gone missing or died this year while trying to use the route from north Africa to Europe by boat, the International Organization for Migration estimates.

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Rescued migrants arrive in Italy

Sunday, October 23, 2016 - 00:41