Italy's Coast Guard Rescues Migrants, Including a Newborn Baby

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Published on 28 Nov 2021, 23:27
The Italian coast guard rescue a newborn baby from a boat drifting a few miles off Italy's coast in the Calabria region, Saturday, November 27.

The rescue, carried out overnight, was complicated by difficult weather and sea conditions and lasted more than 16 hours, the coast guard said in a statement.

A total of 244 people, of which 41 minors, including the baby born on the boat, on Saturday were saved.

Italy has seen a sharp increase in boat migrants in recent weeks and the latest arrivals will put further pressure on Prime Minister Mario Draghi's government to secure an agreement with European Union partners over how to deal with the influx.

Some 62,236 migrants have landed in Italy so far in 2021, interior ministry data show, against 32,542 in the same period last year.