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Migrants found adrift 96 miles from lampedusa

Alarm launched through sms text message

26 November, 14:43
Migrants found adrift 96 miles from lampedusa (ANSA) - Rome, November 26 - The Italian coast guard and navy saved 99 immigrants on Sunday night who were adrift in an inflatable motorized dinghy headed for the southern Italian island of Lampedusa. The alarm was launched Sunday afternoon, when an Eritrean resident of the southern Italian city of Bari received a cell phone text message calling for help, according to a port authority source. The Bari resident, in turn, called the Italian coast guard.

The stranded dinghy was located 96 miles southeast of Lampedusa, thanks to the use of a satellite phone.

The Italian port authority coordinated with Maltese authorities, who spotted and reported the precise coordinates of the dinghy.

Italian authorities sent two vessels that reached the distressed boat at 22:15. Of the 99 on board, 15 were women.