Icelandic coast guard ship tows stranded migrant vessel toward Italian coast

January 2, 2015 10:35 AM

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(CNN) -- A crewless ship with hundreds of migrants aboard that was drifting without power off southeast Italy's coast is being towed to safety Friday by an Icelandic coast guard vessel.

Italian authorities responded late Thursday to a distress call from the ship, that country's coast guard said. It's the second time this week that Italy's coast guard has rescued such a vessel.

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