Italian navy rescues 274 from migrant ship off Libyan coast

2015-04-25 23:10
Migrants wait to disembark from an Italian Coast Guard ship at Catania. (AP)

Migrants wait to disembark from an Italian Coast Guard ship at Catania. (AP)

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Augusta - Italian authorities say they have rescued 274 migrants from a vessel in the Mediterranean, while more than 300 rescued a day earlier arrived in a port in Sicily.

Italian Navy spokesperson Giorgia Trecca said Saturday's rescue took place off the Libyan coast, but could not give details. There were no reports of any casualties.

Meanwhile, 334 migrants who were rescued on Friday were dropped off in the Sicilian port of Augusta.

The incidents show the flow of migrants trying to reach Europe in rickety boats has continued unabated following last Sunday's deadly capsizing of a migrant ship, that is believed to have left at least 800 dead.

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