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Sixty-five migrants rescued off Croatia coast

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Sixty-five migrants rescued off Croatia coast

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Croatia’s coast guard has intercepted a stranded boat carrying more than 60 migrants in the south of the Adriatic Sea.
The sailboat which had originally set out from Greece broke down en route to Italy with immigrants from Somalia, Egypt, Syria and Afghanistan on board.

The Croatian coast guard sent rescue ships and eventually towed the boat to the port of Dubrovnik.

“As far as we know, there are 65 people mostly from the Middle East that had decided to try to reach Europe. Their intention was to enter Italy illegally,” said Zivko Simunovic from the Red Cross, who was called in to provide support.

The boat had apparently spent two days floating in international waters before requesting assistance.

Those on board are due to be quarantined before being moved to a migrant centre.