The Italian coastguard rescues thousands of migrants at sea as they head towards Italy packed into ramshackle boats. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
The Italian coastguard released video on Monday (April 13) showing thousands of migrants being rescued from ramshackle boats trying to cross the Sicilian strait towards the Italian mainland. The rescue on Sunday (April 12) came after migrants were seen waving to coastguard planes and boats as they sat perilously in overcrowded vessels. The coastguard was provided life jackets to those onboard the boats before transferring them at sea to larger vessels. A spokesman for the Italian coastguard said 5,629 people were rescued from 22 different vessels in the three days between April 10-12. Vessels and aircraft from the Italian coast guard and navy as well as merchant ships and an Icelandic patrol boat assigned to the European Triton border protection operation were involved.