Italian coast guard rescues 100 migrants

2013-12-02 05:00
An Italian naval vessel near the Lampedusa island. (Albert Pizzolo, AFP)

An Italian naval vessel near the Lampedusa island. (Albert Pizzolo, AFP)

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Rome - Italian coast guard officials rescued about 100 migrants on Sunday after they sent off a distress signal when their boat encountered rough waters, reported the Ansa news agency.

Those rescued included many women and children, reported officials.

The rough weather conditions prompted rescuers to send out multiple vessels and helicopters in the effort.

The rescue comes just two days after Italian officials rescued 370 people off the coast. Typically, migrant flows to Europe slow down with the onset of winter, as those seeking to reach Europe prefer to make the journey in warmer weather.

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