Montag, 18. November 2013

Again 61 refugees found off Lampedusa

handelsblatt - The Coast Guard has again rescued refugees off Lampedusa. According to the responsible naval staff, the boat drifted south of the Mediterranean island with 61 people from Africa. An aircraft was also in use during rescue. On 3 October, 336 people drowned off Lampedusa. However, even after these incidents, refugees set out for Italy nevertheless.

Italy is now monitoring the affected sea area stronger. Hence, more ships and aircrafts are in use – drones and helicopters with infrared vision devices – between Malta, Sicily and the Libyan coast. After a review of the Navy a week ago, about 2,000 people have been recovered at various rescue operations ever since. There have been no deaths at sea since then.

Translated by Aylin Satmaz