Naval forces rescue 87 Egyptians on boat headed for Italy

Egyptian naval forces on Tuesday rescued 87 Egyptians on a boat transporting illegal emigrants to Italy.

Naval forces received distress signals from the boat while it was sinking about 12 miles from Alexandria, the Egyptian news agency MENA reported.

A communications company helped authorities track the source of the signals, sent out by a cell phone of a passenger on the boat.

Naval forces and other rescue teams located the boat, which was carrying 80 emigrants and seven crew members.

The rescued passengers were given first aid at a field hospital in Alexandria.

Translated from the Arabic Edition

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