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Italy: Coast Guard pick up 51 migrants off Sicilian coast00:46

Italy: Coast Guard pick up 51 migrants off Sicilian coast

Italy, Strait of Sicily
January 15, 2015 at 23:58 GMT +00:00 · Published

Fifty-one migrants on board a fishing vessel were picked up by the Italian Coast Guard 40 miles (64 kilometers) off the southern Sicilian coast, Thursday. Initially a local merchant ship located the migrants and began to take passengers on board, before two Central National Relief Coast Guard patrol vessels began transporting the migrants to land.

The UNHCR (The United Nations Refugee Agency) has described the Mediterranean crossing from Africa to Europe as the "most lethal route in the world" after announcing 3,419 migrants died in 2014 attempting to make the journey. The refugee agency reports 4,272 migrants died globally.

Courtesy of Italian Coast Guard

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Fifty-one migrants on board a fishing vessel were picked up by the Italian Coast Guard 40 miles (64 kilometers) off the southern Sicilian coast, Thursday. Initially a local merchant ship located the migrants and began to take passengers on board, before two Central National Relief Coast Guard patrol vessels began transporting the migrants to land.

The UNHCR (The United Nations Refugee Agency) has described the Mediterranean crossing from Africa to Europe as the "most lethal route in the world" after announcing 3,419 migrants died in 2014 attempting to make the journey. The refugee agency reports 4,272 migrants died globally.

Courtesy of Italian Coast Guard

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