Italian navy rescues 233 migrants south of SicilyJanuary 2, 2014 @ 4:21 am
ROME (AP) - The Italian navy has rescued 233 migrants from an overcrowded smugglers' boat in rough seas south of Sicily.
The navy said one of its frigates was bringing the migrants _ who were from Pakistan, Eritrea, Nigeria, Somalia, Zambia and Mali _ into a Sicilian port on Thursday. They were initially rescued by another naval vessel on Wednesday night some 80 miles (130 kilometers) south of the tiny Italian island of Lampedusa.
It said the migrants had been spotted in a 10-meter (33-foot) boat without any life vests.
Each year, thousands of African, Asian or Middle Eastern migrants attempt risky voyages across the Mediterranean Sea in unseaworthy boats, and hundreds die en route. Unless they are eligible for asylum or have families or jobs in Europe, they risk expulsion by Italy.
(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
Does This Make Sense?
Jason Rantz questions Inslee's plan to fund transportation with carbon pollution tax
Michael Medved takes a look at whether the latest Hobbit film is worth your interest
Find holiday events, Santa photo opportunities, and light displays
Please login below with your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Disqus account. Existing MyNorthwest account holders will need to create a new Disqus account or use one of the social logins provided below. Thank you.