Maritime Police rescue 47 migrants off the Italian island of Pantelleria


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The Maritime Police announced yesterday that they had rescued 47 migrants on Friday who were on two boats in the Mediterranean Sea, off the island of Pantelleria in Italy.

The rescue, carried out by members of the Maritime Police on mission in Italy as part of the FRONTEX Agency’s Operation “THEMIS”, followed an alert received by the Local Coordinator Center in Palermo, reporting the existence of two boats with migrants on board.

In a statement, the Portuguese authority said that “members of the Maritime Police immediately went to the scene, where they intercepted the boats with a total of 47 people, including 26 men, three women and 18 minors, including three toddlers, who were not wearing life jackets”.

“For safety reasons,” the migrants were transported to the port of Pantelleria, where the Italian authorities and FRONTEX personnel were waiting for them, he adds.

Since June 2023, the Maritime Police say they have rescued 425 migrants as part of the FRONTEX Agency’s Joint Operation “THEMIS”, whose mission is to control and monitor the Italian and external maritime borders of the European Union in the fight against cross-border crime, as part of the European coastguard and police and criminal police functions.

Since 2017, when it began participating in Operation “THEMIS”, the Maritime Police has carried out more than 500 missions.

Moti Shabi
Moti Shabi
Moti Shabi, CEO and founder of Portugal Pulse, has led career that spans multiple continents and industries. Born in Paris and later immigrating to Tel Aviv, Israel, Moti's background uniquely positions him at the intersection of European and Middle Eastern cultures. He holds a Law License from Ono College, reflecting his multifaceted interests in law, media, technology, and culture.    Moti's love affair with Portugal began in 2016 when he founded EASY NATIONALITY, an immigration office focused on aiding the Sephardic community in the wake of Portugal's law of return for Sephardic Jews. This endeavor demonstrated his commitment to creating meaningful social and cultural bridges.    In 2018, he launched Hadshot Portugal, the first-ever news website about Portugal in Hebrew. Recognizing the importance of bringing Portuguese culture and news to a broader audience, Moti took the step of immigrating to Lisbon in 2023, where he founded both Portugal Pulse and Portugal France. These platforms aim to offer comprehensive coverage of Portuguese news, events, and culture to the English and French-speaking worlds, respectively.    Moti's vision extends beyond news dissemination. He aspires to be an ambassador for Portuguese culture and to strengthen the connections among Portuguese diaspora communities worldwide. In pursuit of this ambitious goal, Moti founded Aliança Portugueses in 2021. Through this initiative, he aims to bring together Portuguese communities, creating a network of individuals and organizations bound by their love for Portugal.

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