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149 Migrants Rescued, 5 Killed After Boat Capsizes

The Italian Coast Guard pulled the passengers to safety after their boat turned over nearly a mile from the island of Lampedusa in the Mediterranean Sea.

Nearly 150 migrants were rescued and five were killed after their boat capsized in the Mediterranean Sea. 

The Italian coast guard pulled the 149 passengers to safety on November 23, after their boat turned over nearly a mile from the island of Lampedusa in the Mediterranean Sea. The migrants were said to be traveling from Libya. 

“[The Coast Guard’s] actions make us seriously believe that Italy is still a great country, capable of welcoming and saving lives,” said Italian transport minister, Paola de Micheli in a video. “Proud to represent these discreet and silent heroes.”

The Coast Guard said its operation reportedly saved three children, 13 women, and 133 men. Officials found at least five people who didn’t survive, including three bodies that were discovered in the water and two that had washed ashore.  

According to ANSA, an Italian news agency, a total of 169 people were initially on board. The Coast Guard said no additional people have been found.

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