19 Aug 2012

Migrants rescued off Italian coast

8:12 am on 19 August 2012

Some 231 migrants were rescued off the coast of the Italian island of Lampedusa on Saturday after their boat got into difficulties in rough seas.

The ANSA news agency says four children were in the group, all believed to be from Africa.

The 15-metre vessel was spotted from the air and was in bad condition when rescue teams arrived.