Migrants Fleeing Violence Dock At Sicilian Port Of Augusta

April 22, 2015 8:27 PM

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We begin this hour on the coasts of Italy and Spain. European leaders are grappling with the rising death toll of migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean. They'll meet tomorrow in Brussels for an emergency summit. In a moment, we'll hear from a woman who survived the dangerous crossing between Africa and Europe. But first, NPR's Sylvia Poggioli begins our coverage from a Sicilian port where another boat of rescued migrants arrived today.

SYLVIA POGGIOLI, BYLINE: A helicopter flew over the Port of Augusta where a large Coast Guard vessel had docked this morning. The ship was carrying 446 people rescued from a smuggler's boat off the southeastern Italian mainland.

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