An Italian Coast Guard official being lowered with a rope onto a vessel crowded with migrants
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Abandoned migrant ship Ezadeen reaches Italy

A ship abandoned by its crew off Italy with 360 migrants on board has arrived at the Italian port of Corigliano Calabro, the coastguard says.

Earlier, rescuers boarded the Ezadeen after a passenger raised the alarm as it drifted in the Mediterranean.

The ship, sailing under the flag of Sierra Leone, lost power in rough seas overnight off the south-east of Italy.

A total of 796 migrants were rescued from another ship found abandoned without any crew earlier in the week.

James Reynolds reports.

  • 02 Jan 2015
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