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Extra! Dramatic Migrant Rescue After Dinghy Deflates In The Med

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Corriere della Sera, Aug. 13, 2015

The Italian navy rescued 52 migrants in the Mediterranean Sea Tuesday after a rubber dinghy sank. Spotted by a navy helicopter, the vessel appeared to be deflating and a ship rushed to the scene, rescuing the migrants. The survivors, who were taken to Lampedusa island, said that there had been almost 100 people on board, leaving almost half of the passengers unaccounted for.

A helicopter later airlifted two migrants who were seen holding onto a floating barrel near the sunken dinghy, and Thursday's front page of Corriere della Sera published a dramatic image of the scene. More than 1,500 people in other vessels have been rescued from the waters since Tuesday morning.

Meanwhile on Wednesday, secretary-general of the Italian Bishops Conference (CEI), Monsignor Nunzio Galantino, criticized Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's government, saying it was "completely absent on immigration." He told Catholic magazine Famiglia Cristiana (Christian Family) that it was "not enough to rescue migrants at sea." Last week, Pope Francis characterized the refusal to accept migrants as an act of war and violence.

ABOUT THE SOURCE: Corriere della Sera is one of Italy's oldest and leading newspapers. It is published in Milan.

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