Italy’s Coastguard Works To Rescue Two Fishing Boats Carrying 1,200 Migrants Drifting At Sea

New Delhi: The Italian coast guard on Monday stated that it was working to rescue two boats carrying a complete of 1,200 folks within the Mediterranean Sea, following the profitable rescue of round 2,000 folks over the weekend, reported information company AFP.

The rescue of about 800 migrants was ongoing who have been found on an overloaded fishing boat situated in Italian waters over 120 miles (190 kilometers) southeast of Syracuse, Sicily, the coast guard stated.

One other boat, which is carrying 400 folks and is within the Ionian Sea off the coast of Calabria, southern Italy, had beforehand been sighted in Maltese waters.

The operation, which concerned three patrol boats and a service provider ship, all coordinated by the “Nave Peluso” coast guard boat – was described as “complicated” as a result of overcrowding, in response to AFP.

A spokesperson for the coastguard stated it will take hours to finish the 2 ongoing operations due to troublesome situations, together with the lengthy distance from the coast.

Two service provider vessels have been helping in that rescue, the coast guard stated.

Alarm Telephone, a hotline utilized by migrants in misery, stated on Twitter on Monday that the folks onboard have been “in panic”, AFP reported.

Alarm Telephone tweeted on Sunday that, in response to a girl onboard, the boat that had set off from Libya was lacking its captain, and several other folks onboard wanted medical care, together with a baby, a pregnant girl, and a disabled individual. Three folks in misery had jumped overboard and one fell unconscious, it wrote.

The coast guard stated that apart from the continuing operations about 2,000 folks had been saved since Friday in “numerous rescues”.

AFP reported that in response to inside ministry figures, greater than 14,000 migrants have arrived in Italy for the reason that starting of the 12 months – considerably greater than the 5,300 who arrived over the identical interval in 2022 and the 4,300 throughout 2021.

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