Sunday, May 29, 2011

Three barges with 1,356 immigrants arrive today to the Italian island of Lampedusa

Three barges with 347, 400 and 609 refugees respectively, from Libya, have reached the Italian island of Lampedusa after being aided by patrol boats from the Coast Guard and Finance Guard, sources told Efe Coast Guard. This is the sixth landing in a few hours to register with the Italian coast with people from North Africa, which includes a total of 1,356 immigrants from mostly from Libya, with the exception of a small boat out of Tunisia.

The latest arrival in Lampedusa barge was carrying 609 people, including 41 women, of which four are pregnant, and seven children, who were in the boat with the rudder broken, so they were taken to patrols that led to land. The ship with 347 people on board, in which passengers were 27 women and a child, he was aided in the early morning by Coast Guard patrol boats and Finance Guard.

The ferry with 400 passengers was spotted by the Guardia di Finanza five miles from Lampedusa and came to their aid Coast Guard patrol boats and Finance, explained. On the other hand, a fishing boat spotted a 150 migrants 40 miles south of Lampedusa. Yesterday about 500 immigrants from North Africa reached the shores of Italy on three barges, two of which were headed towards the island of Lampedusa and the third to the town of Pantelleria, located southwest of Sicily.

One boat, with 247 people on board and from Libya, was intercepted about 50 miles from Lampedusa when he was adrift and about to sink because it came plenty of water, Efe reported to the Guardia di Finanza. The passengers were transferred to three ships of the Port Authority and a patrol boat of the Guardia di Finanza (Financial Police), before the boat sank, they said.

The refugees, including 16 women and five children, were taken to the shelter of the island, where there are another 300 illegal immigrants, most of them Tunisians waiting to be repatriated. Shortly after, another boat with 175 immigrants coming out of Libya was also towed by a patrol boat of the Guardia di Finanza south of the island of Lampedusa, officials said.

Another 55 immigrants, including a woman, traveling in a boat and also from Tunisia were aided by the Coast Guard a few miles from Pantelleria, a town southwest of the island of Sicily. The latest arrivals were recorded which occurred on May 19, when 500 immigrants traveling by boat from Libya reached the coast of the island.

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