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51 Migrants Land In Southern Italy, As Police Save Baby Trapped In Boat



Migrants boat sinks

Some 51 migrants landed in Southern Italy on Thursday, after their boat ran aground near the Eastern Coast of the Calabria Region, reports said.

According to the ANSA News Agency, the migrants were helped by locals and by two Guardia di Finanza police officers, who rescued a baby and his mother, who were trapped inside the boat.

One migrant was reported missing at sea.

Two Russians suspected to have steered the boat were arrested and charged with abetting illegal migration, ANSA added.

They were caught after checking themselves into a hotel.

The landings took place in Torre Melissa, a sea resort in the Crotone province.

According to Italian Interior Ministry data, they were the first migrant arrivals of the year.

Landings have fallen sharply following migration-stemming deals with Libya and a decision by Interior Minister Matteo Salvini to ban charity rescue ships from Italian ports.

In the first 10 days of 2017, 729 migrants arrived in Italy, with the number falling to 577 in the same period of 2018 and to 51 in the year to date, ministry data showed. (dpa/NAN)



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