Lampedusa, over 400 migrants rescued

La Repubblica – Two separate boats off the island: both rescued by the Coastguard and the Finance Police and brought into the port.
Two boats loaded with migrants just off the Lampedusan coastline were rescued during the night by the Coastguard. The first, with 218 people aboard- including 7 women, was accompanied into the port by the military after they had boarded the vessel which was 40 miles offshore. The second boat, carrying 220 migrants was spotted following a request for help. The boast was adrift 60 miles off Lampedusa. The migrants were transferred aboard Coastguard and Finance Police vessels.