Seventeen migrants dead, 278 saved in Strait of Sicily: navy

December 5, 2014 12:49 PM

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ROME (Reuters) - Italian sailors have rescued 278 migrants in the Strait of Sicily but found 16 others dead in their inflatable boat and one more who died shortly after help arrived, the navy said on Friday.

The dead apparently succumbed to hypothermia and dehydration in one of three boats found on Thursday south of the island of Lampedusa, it said.

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