THE Italian Coast Guard saved about 250 Immigrants, including a newborn, from a boat sailing a few miles off the coast of Calabria.
The rescue operation took place overnight Saturday to Sunday and was disrupted due to bad weather and conditions at sea and therefore lasted more than 16 hours, the coast guard said in a statement.
A total of 244 people were rescued, including 41 minors, including the baby who was born on board.
THE Italy has seen a sharp increase in migrant arrivals by sea in recent weeks, and this development is expected to put further pressure on Mario Draghi’s government to secure an agreement with its EU partners on tackling migratory flows.
Another 296 migrants were rescued by the Italian Coast Guard in the Mediterranean on November 25th trying to reach Europe.
In a separate announcement, the German NGO Sea-Watch reported yesterday that 461 people are disembarking from its lifeboat in Augusta, Sicily.
About 62,236 migrants have arrived in Italy so far this year, according to Interior Ministry figures from 32,542 last year at the same time.