800 migrants rescued 70 miles south of Lampedusa

Taken aboard Italy Navy ships

11 April, 13:01

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, APRIL 11 - Italian authorities rescued another 800 migrants on Thursday evening 70 miles south of Lampedusa. The migrants were aboard seven boats that were intercepted by Italian Navy ships Sirius, Espero, Euro, and Stromboli, and a Finance Guard patrol boat. The frigate Euro, coming to the assistance of two vessels, brought in 336 migrants, including 44 women and 10 minors. The ship then transferred 66 migrants to Finance Guard patrol boat Avallone, now sailing to Porto Empedocle. The frigate Espero rescued 198 migrants, including 17 women; tanker Stromboli rescued 108 migrants including three minors. Port authority patrol boats rescued and transferred 54 migrants, including 53 women and 9 children to the Sirius. All migrants rescued on Thursday evening will be transferred to amphibious ship San Giorgio. Meanwhile, Trapani is awaiting the arrival of frigate Zephyr, which has on board more than 400 migrants rescued Thursday in the waters south of Lampedusa.(ANSAmed).

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