Eight meters waves and rescue work

February 9, 2015

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/feb/09/migrants-die-hypothermia-italian-coastguard-rescue-libya-lampedusa

The Guardian tells

At least 25 migrants have died of hypothermia on board Italian coastguard vessels after being picked up from an inflatable boat adrift in the Mediterranean near Libya.

Two Italian patrol boats picked up 105 migrants late on Sunday from the boat drifting in extreme sea conditions, with waves as high as eight metres (26 feet) and temperatures just a few degrees above zero, the coastguard said in a statement.

The migrants then spent about 18 hours on the decks of the small patrol boats taking them to Lampedusa, buffeted by high winds and spray, and at least 25 died en route, Pietro Bartolo, the chief healthcare official on the island, said.

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