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Boat carrying 300 migrants issues SOS in Sicily channel

Other ship with 81 lands in Lampedusa

Boat carrying 300 migrants issues SOS in Sicily channel

Palermo, November 8 - The Italian coast guard on Thursday received a distress call from a boat carrying around 300 migrants in the Strait of Sicily as 81 others arrived on Lampedusa after being rescued the night before. The SOS was made by satellite phone to an Eritrean journalist living in Sweden, who forwarded the information to the Italy-based Habeshia refugee agency which in turn passed it to the Italian coast guard authorities. The boat, which departed from Libya, has reportedly been drifting for four days and is said to be taking in water. For the purposes of rescue operations it is believed to be in Maltese territorial waters. Meanwhile 81 migrants from sub-Saharan Africa arrived on the Sicilian island of Lampedusa Thursday after being rescued by the Italian coast guard off the coast of Libya in response to a similar distress call. The group includes seven women, one of whom is pregnant. All are said to be in good health.

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