Immigration:102 Syrians rescued on fishing boat off Calabria

Landings continue, yesterday shipwreck off Libyan coast

29 July, 13:46

    (ANSAmed) - CROTONE, JULY 29 - A 17-meter-long fishing vessel carrying 102 Syrian migrants including two women and children as young as four was intercepted off the Calabrian coast by tax police.

    A plane of European Union border management agency Frontex coordinated by tax police in Taranto identified the vessel on Sunday some 170 miles off the Italian coast in international waters in front of Roccella Ionica, near Reggio Calabria, and Crotone. Tax police ships then intercepted the vessel in international waters during the night.

    The 102 migrants were helped board the tax police cutters and given first aid while the migrants' vessel was taken to the port of Crotone.

    The immigrants, all reportedly in pretty good condition, will be transferred to the migrant holding center of Sant'Anna in Isola Capo Rizzuto. Two people suspected of smuggling the immigrants are under investigation.

    Another ten migrants, all men, were apprehended by coast guards in Gallipoli, Puglia, right after they landed in Marina di Mancaversa in the Salento area. They were on board a five-meter motor boat and had called rescuers saying their boat had broken down.

    Meanwhile on Sunday a shipwreck off the Libyan coast left 31 migrants out of the 53 onboard dead. The 22 survivors were taken to the Italian island of Lampedusa where a total of 450 migrants have arrived in recent days.

    'Arrivals are continuing and the situation is extremely delicate because the season is favourable but with all things going on in the Middle East we all must be extremely careful', said Justice Minister Annar Maria Cancellieri during a trip to Palermo, Sicily. ' The situation is complex'. (ANSAmed)
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