482 migrants on rescue ship await port of safety

On Thursday (November 18), the ship's crew members rescued 90 migrants from an overcrowded wooden boat off the coast of Lampedusa and six other migrants who, according to Sea-Watch, jumped into the sea from a LIbyan coast guard patrol boat.

Sea-Watch 4 asked Italian authorities for a port of safety for the migrants on board, including 17 pregnant women and 148 minors.

Italy has seen a sharp increase in boat migrants in recent weeks and the latest mass arrivals will put further pressure on Prime Minister Mario Draghi's government to secure an agreement with European Union partners over how to deal with the influx.

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