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Italian authorities take over ship with 450 migrants

Published:Friday | January 2, 2015 | 1:12 PM

Italian authorities have taken control of a ship with 450 migrants, thought to be Syrian, that was abandoned by its crew off Italy's coast.

The Italian coastguard said it was now being towed to an Italian port after a rescue team managed to board.

The Ezadeen, sailing under the flag of Sierra Leone, lost power in rough seas overnight off the south-east of Italy.

A total of 796 migrants were rescued from another ship found abandoned without any crew earlier in the week.

Italian coast guard Commander Filippo Marini told reporters that the vessel was being towed by an Icelandic ship that is part of the EU Frontex border control mission.

Marini said children and pregnant women were among the migrants, most of whom were believed to be Syrian.

He added that the 240ft Ezadeen was believed to have set sail from Turkey, although earlier reports suggested it was sailing from Cyprus.

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