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Italian Navy rescues 730 migrants off unseaworthy boats

124 women and 29 minors, from North Africa with no life jackets

02 April, 12:30
Italian Navy rescues 730 migrants off unseaworthy boats (ANSA) - Rome, April 2 - Two Italian Navy vessels on Tuesday rescued a total of 730 migrants off two dangerously overcrowded boats coming from North Africa, the Navy said Wednesday.

Among them were 124 women and 29 minors.

Navy helicopters first saw the migrant boats while on patrol, and a decision was made to rescue the people on board because they did not have life jackets and the vessels were deemed unseaworthy, Navy sources said.

A Navy ship is taking the migrants to the Sicilian coast town of Porto Empedocle, where they are expected to arrive sometime today.

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