Italy: 29 migrants die of hypothermia crossing Mediterranean

February 10, 2015 5:37 AM

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Italy: 29 migrants die of hypothermia crossing Mediterranean

At least 29 migrants have died from hypothermia while traveling from North Africa to Italy aboard a smuggler’s life raft in heavy seas, amid a surge of migrants making the dangerous sea crossing despite the harsh winter conditions.

The victims were among 106 people packed aboard an inflatable life raft who were trying to cross the Mediterranean in rough seas and freezing temperatures, Italian coast guard Commander Filippo Marini said Monday. The migrants had summoned help late Sunday via satellite telephone while still off Lib...

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