Monday, May 9, 2011

A boat with 300 migrants stranded way to Lampedusa

ROME, May 8 .- The 500 immigrants traveling by boat from Libya that ran aground this morning at a reef near the port of the Italian island of Lampedusa have been rescued, said sources with the Port Authority. After the boat ran aground, according to some sources, many of its occupants were thrown into the sea to try to swim to reach the coast of Lampedusa and, in principle, they all managed to be rescued by local actors who are looking for if it had disappeared.

The boat seemed to go at first to Malta, but a boat from the Maltese authorities escorted to Lampedusa, after which it ran aground close to the harbor on the Italian island after the Italian Finance Guard has already come to his rescue . At the time of the incident, which took place at around 04.10 local time (02.10 GMT), and the boat had risen to three officers of the Guardia di Finanza, who showed how the rudder was broken when it ran aground and coordinated tasks Rescue of the undocumented.

As reported by Italian media, some of the immigrants who were in the boat, among which there were also women and children, were injured and had to be transferred to a medical facility on the island. Shortly before this event, also at night, managed to get another boat to Lampedusa from Libya, some 800 illegal immigrants on board, including 138 women and 12 children.

These immigrants are added to the more than 1,900 who have arrived from northern Africa to the island of Lampedusa since last Thursday, after a lull of several days.

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