Agence France-PresseFebruary 18, 2014 06:53
A Greek cargo ship rescued over 120 refugees believed to be Somalis and recovered two bodies from a boat off Italy's Lampedusa island, the site of two deadly shipwrecks last year, the coast guard said Tuesday.
The refugees were picked up by the Rizopon, which is taking them to the Sicilian port of Augusta, where they are expected to arrive later Tuesday.
"A boat with 123 refugees, including 16 women, was rescued late Monday. Two bodies were found on board," the press office at the coast guard headquarters in Rome told AFP, saying those aboard claimed to be Somalis.