Migrants, 78 rescued off the coast of Crotone: 7 end up in hospital for hypothermia

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By John

78 people were rescued this evening by the financial police and coast guard adrift on a boat three miles from the Calabrian coast. The 16-metre sailing vessel was intercepted by the financiers. Seven of the migrants on board were immediately taken to the port of Crotone by a coast guard patrol boat due to serious hypothermia problems caused by the cold during the crossing. The seven were taken to hospital.
The refugees, mostly from Iran and Iraq, had left the beaches of Turkey about five days earlier. On board the sailing boat there were also 15 children, all accompanied, and 9 women. The operations coordinated by the Crotone prefecture were entrusted to the immigration office of the police headquarters. The refugees were assisted by the Red Cross and taken to the Cara di Sant’Anna.