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Migrants saved from sinking off Italian coast


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Migrants saved from sinking off Italian coast

Hundreds more migrants have been rescued off the shores of Italy after their overloaded vessels began to sink.

304 people including 49 women and six children were off the coast of southern Lampedusa when they were spotted by a fisherman with a satellite phone, who called for help.

A second vessel, a 12-metre dinghy with 109 people aboard, was already in trouble in Libyan waters when it was spotted. The Maltese navy and coastguards intervened when the migrants entered their maritime territory, and took them to Valetta.

The Lampedusa migrants add to the island’s swelling population of souls saved from the sea, and the spiralling costs of looking after the EU’s southern frontier has led to repeated calls by Italy, the latest this week, for more member states to share the burden.

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