Why Is Italy Rescuing So Many Refugees In The Mediterranean?
In a span of only 48 hours, Italy has rescued more than 1,000 migrants from two ships that were abandoned in the Mediterranean Sea.By Jake Godin | January 2, 2015
For the second time in two days, the Italian coast guard has boarded an abandoned ship in the Mediterranean filled with refugees from ailing nations.
The most recent rescue operation took place Friday on the Sierra Leone-registered Ezadeen cargo ship. This footage shows the officers lowering themselves onto the ship at night.
According to The Local's Italian branch, the nearly 50-year-old ship contained around 450 migrants and was only able to signal for help after one of them managed to operate the ship's radio to tell the coast guard the ship's crew jumped ship.