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Some 800 boat migrants rescued during break in weather - Italian coastguard

Friday, January 13, 2017 - 00:58

Some 800 migrants have been plucked from the sea after attempting to cross the Mediterranean during a window of good weather. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. Some 800 migrants were plucked from flimsy rubber boats on Thursday (January 12), Italy's coastguard said, as Libya-based people smugglers took advantage of a window of good mid-winter weather to send them to sea. Italian coastguard vessel Diciotti and two ships run by humanitarian groups, the Aquarius and the Golfo Azzurro, went to the rescue of a total of six rubber boats in international waters off the coast of Libya, the coastguard said. The video handed out by the Italian coastguard shows a number of migrants falling into the cold sea water while trying to jump on the rescue vessel and a coastguard officer diving to help them climb back to safety. After several days of rough seas, weather conditions improved on Wednesday evening (January 11) and were expected to remain calm until Friday evening (January 13), according to forecasts.

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Some 800 boat migrants rescued during break in weather - Italian coastguard

Friday, January 13, 2017 - 00:58