Migrants rescued from pilotless ship

January 3, 2015 8:12 AM

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Migrants rescued from pilotless ship

VERBANIA, Italy — For the second time in three days, Italian authorities found themselves racing to rescue hundreds of migrants from an aging freighter that traffickers had pointed toward Italy and then abandoned, leaving the ship to plow through wintry seas on a collision course with the coastline.

Rescuers on Friday were able to board the ship only after it ran out of fuel and stopped, and by afternoon they were towing it toward shore. But the episode led officials to suggest that traffickers have hit on a new tactic to extract greater profits from human misery while eluding apprehension.

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