20 Apr 2011

Refugees from Libya rescued

9:46 pm on 20 April 2011

Italian coast guards have rescued about 760 people on a fishing trawler fleeing the fighting in Libya.

A Red Cross worker says 62 women, 17 children and babies were among those brought ashore on the island of Lampedusa on Tuesday.

They are refugees are from Mali, Nigeria and Pakistan.

TG1 TV showed the 20-metre boat trawler low in the water and close to floundering.

The coast guard said they had set out from Tripoli two days before.

Another boat carrying 50 immigrants who claimed to be Tunisians landed on Lampedusa on Monday night.

The arrivals came after a four-day lull due to bad weather.

Hundreds of refugees from other parts of Africa formerly held in detention camps in Libya have fled to Italy since the uprising against Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's regime began.