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More than 100 migrants rescued off Libyan coast

Tuesday, January 03, 2017 - 01:21

Some 112 migrants aboard an overcrowded rubber boat drifting in the Mediterranean are rescued amid rough seas. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. More than 100 migrants were rescued on Monday (January 2) after drifting for hours in the central Mediterranean when their rubber boat's engine failed. The Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms responded to the migrants' distress call and found their dinghy drifting in the choppy waters about 36 miles off the Libyan coast. The 112 migrants were rescued by Proactiva lifeguards aboard the former fishing trawler 'Golfo Azzuro' around noon on Monday, and told rescuers their engine stopped working sometime the previous evening. (SOUNDBITE) (English) RESCUED MIGRANT FROM LIBERIA, BOB DI, SAYING: "I was so afraid, I thought I thought that today I'm going to be... to live in this sea." The 112 migrants included two pregnant women and five children. (SOUNDBITE) (English) HEAD OF OPERATIONS FOR PROACTIVA OPEN ARMS NGO, RICCARDO GATTI, SAYING: "Today we had a rescue in the central Mediterranean of 112 people, seven girls and five children and quite rough sea." A record 5,000 migrants are believed to have drowned in the Mediterranean Sea in 2016, and figures from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) show 358,403 migrants and refugees had entered Europe by sea last year, up to and including December 21, 2016. They arrived mostly in Greece and Italy.

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More than 100 migrants rescued off Libyan coast

Tuesday, January 03, 2017 - 01:21