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Abandoned Migrant Ships Rescued - 03 Jan 2015
A ship carrying hundreds of migrants has been abandoned by its crew in rough seas in the Mediterranean off Italy's south coast in the second such incident in three days, the Italian coastguard said on Friday.

Coastguards managed to take control of the vessel, the Sierra Leone-flagged Ezadeen, after landing on it by helicopter, a statement said. Facing difficult weather conditions, they are trying to take the vessel to an Italian port.

The cargo ship had been drifting powerless after running out of fuel about 40 miles from Italy's southern coast with as many as 450 people onboard. The ship was built almost 50 years ago to carry livestock, a Website tracking maritime movements said.

"We know that it left from a Turkish port and was abandoned by its crew," coastguard spokesman Filippo Marini told SkyTG24 television.

"When we hailed the ship to ask about its status, a migrant woman responded, saying, 'We are alone and we have no one to help us.'"

It had been put on a collision course for the Italian coast before running out of fuel, he said.
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January 02, 2015
ITALY-MIGRANTS/SHIP - Shows track of two migrant ships carrying hundreds of people that were rescued...
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ITALY-MIGRANTS/SHIP - Shows track of two migrant ships carrying hundreds of people that were rescued by Italy in the last three days. (SIN06)
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