Sicily - Illegal Immigration - Small immigrant vessel approached by helicopter
View of a small immigrant vessel spotted a few miles east from Lampedusa Island, by the helicopter unit of the Italian Cutom Police, "Volpe 219". The boat in question is carrying thirty five clandestine immigrants from North Africa and Eritrea. Every year thousands of immigrants departing from the mediterranean coasts of Africa, try to reach Europe through Sicily. The Italian authorities are struggling to keep the situation under control through constant patrolling and rescuing of the immigrants spotted in the Sicilian Channel. Fatalities are invevitable and many immigrants are found dead on the Sicilian shore. | Location: near Lampedusa, Sicily, Italy.
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