180 immigrants rescued off Lampedusa during night

Two motorized rubber dinghies packed with 98 and 82 people

10 May, 15:37

    (ANSA) - Lampedusa, May 10 - The Italian Coast Guard brought 180 immigrants to shore on the southern Italian island of Lampedusa Friday morning. The immigrants were rescued during the night from two motorized rubber dinghies located roughly 125 and 130 miles from shore, respectively.

    One contained 98 people, including 18 women - one of whom was pregnant - and two newborn babies. The other, found adrift, contained 82 people, all men. The Lampedusa immigrant centre is currently holding 600 people, and no transfers are planned.

    Lampedusa is located off the coast of Tunisia. Seasonally calm seas favor illegal immigrant traffick from North Africa during spring and summer months.

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