Sunday, May 03, 2015

Europe-bound: Italy rescues over 3,400 migrants at sea

It seems the recent boat wrecks that befell a number of migrants trying to reach the shores of Europe and which led to a number of deaths is not enough to deter any migrant who plans on travelling on the perilous seas by boat as more than 3,400 migrants were rescued at sea Saturday, mainly off Libya, as Europe seeks ways to deal with the flood of people trying to reach its shores following a series of deadly shipwrecks.

A total of 3,427 people were picked up during the operation coordinated by the Italian coast guard. Some of the rescued migrants were expected to arrive overnight on the Italian island of Lampedusa, the closest to the African coast, while most of the others are expected to arrive in Sicily or southern Italy on Sunday night.

The migrants — all men — had been on board three boats, the authorities said, adding that two suspected people smugglers were also caught and would be handed over to Italian police.

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