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  • 1 March 2014, 17:24

Newborn Baby Rescued After Rough Seas Hit Boat

A newborn baby was among 100 migrants who had to be rescued after their boat was caught in rough seas near Sicily.

The Italian Navy and coastguard intercepted the vessel off the coast of Lampedusa because of its precarious position and lack of life jackets.

The baby was treated by medical workers as a precaution but was said to be in good health.

Among the group were 23 women and 46 children, and the passengers were said to be of sub-Saharan origin.

In a separate operation, the Italiancoastguard said it had rescued 12 Tunisian migrants whose dinghy had gone adrift near the island of Pantelleria.

The alarm had been raised by a relative of one of the passengers.

Two pregnant women were said to be among the group, who were then taken to port in Pantelleria.

The '"challenging" rescue operation had been slowed down by the darkness and lack of precise information about the migrants' location.

Last October, hundreds of people died after a boat carrying African asylum seekers caught fire and sank off Lampedusa.

It was one of the worst Mediterranean refugee disasters.

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