A confused and scared group of clandestine immigrants looks in panic during the rescue operation of the Italian Custom Police naval unit G114 "Puleo".
The moment of the approach to the immigrants vessels is the most difficult stage of the police operations to bring these people to safety. The sea condition, the panic on board, the tension between the desperate people, make such an operation extremely delicate, as in these moments anyone could seriously get hurt. Every year thousands of immigrants departing from the mediterranean coasts of Africa, try to reach Europe through Sicily. The Italian authorities are struggling to keep the situation under crontrol through constant patrolling and rescuing of the immigrants spotted in the Sicilian Channel, even though often fatalities are invevitable and many immigrants are just found dead on the Sicilian shore. (image by mimi mollica)
A confused and scared group of clandestine immigrants looks in panic during the rescue operation of the Italian Custom Police naval unit G114 "Puleo". The moment of the approach to the immigrants vessels is the most difficult stage of the police operations to bring these people to safety. The sea condition, the panic on board, the tension between the desperate people, make such an operation extremely delicate, as in these moments anyone could seriously get hurt. Every year thousands of immigrants departing from the mediterranean coasts of Africa, try to reach Europe through Sicily. The Italian authorities are struggling to keep the situation under crontrol through constant patrolling and rescuing of the immigrants spotted in the Sicilian Channel, even though often fatalities are invevitable and many immigrants are just found dead on the Sicilian shore.
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