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500 rescued from stricken refugee boat in Italy

All 500 people on a refugee boat from Libya that hit rocks as it was approaching the Italian port of Lampedusa have now been rescued, a coast guard spokesman said on Sunday.

world Updated: May 09, 2011 17:03 IST

All 500 people on a refugee boat from Libya that hit rocks as it was approaching the Italian port of Lampedusa have now been rescued, a coast guard spokesman said on Sunday.

"We managed to save all the passengers. We believe there were no victims," said the spokesman, Vittorio Alessandro.