(ANSAmed) - Rome, November 26 - The Italian coast guard and
navy saved 99 immigrants on Sunday night who were adrift in an
inflatable motorized dinghy headed for the southern Italian
island of Lampedusa.
The alarm was launched Sunday afternoon, when an Eritrean
resident of the southern Italian city of Bari received a cell
phone text message calling for help, according to a port
The Bari resident, in turn, called the Italian coast guard.
The stranded dinghy was located 96 miles southeast of
Lampedusa, thanks to the use of a satellite phone.
The Italian port authority coordinated with Maltese
authorities, who spotted and reported the precise coordinates of
Italian authorities sent two vessels that reached the
distressed boat at 22:15.
Of the 99 on board, 15 were women. (ANSAmed).