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Italy: Two refugees airlifted to hospital as coastguard pick up 6,000 people01:15

Italy: Two refugees airlifted to hospital as coastguard pick up 6,000 people

Italy, Strait of Sicily
October 4, 2016 at 19:50 GMT +00:00 · Published

Footage released by the Italian Coastguard on Tuesday, showed how two refugees were airlifted to a hospital in Lampedusa the previous day, when more than 6,000 people were picked up by coastguards at sea, mostly in Italian waters around the Strait of Sicily.

A young girl and a pregnant woman were on a Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) ship, when it became clear they were in urgent need of medical care. First the two were transferred aboard a CP319 coastguard patrol boat and afterwards an AW139 helicopter brought them to the hospital on the island.

According to the Italian Navy more than 6,000 refugees and migrants were taken on board the coastguards’ boats within one day on Monday. The people had set off in nearly 40 boats leaving from Libya. At least 22 refugees and migrants died trying to reach Italy.

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Footage released by the Italian Coastguard on Tuesday, showed how two refugees were airlifted to a hospital in Lampedusa the previous day, when more than 6,000 people were picked up by coastguards at sea, mostly in Italian waters around the Strait of Sicily.

A young girl and a pregnant woman were on a Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) ship, when it became clear they were in urgent need of medical care. First the two were transferred aboard a CP319 coastguard patrol boat and afterwards an AW139 helicopter brought them to the hospital on the island.

According to the Italian Navy more than 6,000 refugees and migrants were taken on board the coastguards’ boats within one day on Monday. The people had set off in nearly 40 boats leaving from Libya. At least 22 refugees and migrants died trying to reach Italy.

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