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Italian Authorities Search Mediterranean for at Least 10 Illegal Migrants


Italian authorities are searching for at least 10 illegal migrants who ended up in the water off Italy's Mediterranean island of Lampedusa when a Coast Guard vessel approached their small boat.

Rescuers recovered three bodies and picked up about 60 survivors from the small boat that was carrying the immigrants toward the Italian island. Patrols intercepted another boat with at least 350 immigrants on board nearby.

Thousands of illegal immigrants attempt to cross the Mediterranean annually in small boats, usually from Libya, in efforts to reach Italy and other European Union countries.

Italian authorities detain those intercepted in temporary centers and expel those without families or jobs in Italy.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.

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