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Italy’s coast guard battles rough seas to save migrants

Four hundred individuals who boarded a fishing boat off the southern coast of Italy have yet to be rescued, more than two days after activists raised the alarm.

On Tuesday, the boat, which is presumed to have anchored off Tobruk in Libya, was being escorted by the Italian coast guard. However, the situation on the vessel remains “worrisome,” according to the non-governmental organization that aids migrants in doubt.

Italy’s coast guard reported that rough seas are impeding rescue efforts. There are currently two vessels carrying migrants that are being assisted by the Italian coast guard. The second boat is transporting approximately 800 migrants.

Since Friday, the coast guard has already saved 2,000 people in another operation, after numerous boats showed up at the Italian island of Lampedusa, one of the primary points of entry for those attempting to reach Europe.



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