27 die of hypothermia on life raft

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Published: Monday 9th February 2015 by The News Editor

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At least 27 migrants have died at sea from hypothermia while travelling from North Africa to Italy aboard a smuggler’s life raft, the Italian coast guard said.

The victims were among more than 100 people packed aboard an inflatable life raft who were trying to cross the Mediterranean in rough seas and freezing temperatures, according to coast guard commander Filippo Marini.

The migrants had summoned help via satellite phone 100 miles off the coast of the southern Italian island of Lampedusa.

Since the beginning of 2014, more than 150,000 migrants have arrived in Italy on unseaworthy boats, many refugees of war and conflict.

Published: Monday 9th February 2015 by The News Editor

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