“Italian navy rescues 233 migrants from Mediterreanean boat,” by Laura-Smith Spark for CNN:
More than 200 migrants have been rescued from an overcrowded boat at risk of sinking in rough waters in the Mediterranean Sea, the Italian navy said Thursday.
The alarm was raised on the evening of New Year’s Day, when the boat was spotted about 80 miles south of the Italian island of Lampedusa.
The boat, which measured only 10 meters (33 feet) long, was carrying 233 people without life jackets, the navy statement said.
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Given the rough seas and the boat’s “precarious state of buoyancy,” the decision was made to transfer the 233 people, seven of them women, to a navy ship, the San Marco. All were safely recovered, the statement said…