Friday, 17 April 2015
Italian Navy to the Rescue of Sicilian Fishing Boat
A number of prisoners have been secured and the fishing boat is now under escort on its way to Lampedusa. The fishermen were determined not to be taken by Libyan militias whose reputation ranges from vicious to murderous.
This incident follows yesterday's arrest by the carabinieri of just-landed islamic 'migrants' who had thrown Christian refugees into the sea, where they drowned.
The evening RAI news reports that the first Italian military resource to arrive at the beleaguered Airone was a helicopter of the Italian Marines, rapidly followed by a small, fast boat full of marines arriving from the Italian naval intervention vessel (so useful these helicopter- troop-carrying, fast, naval resources compared with aircraft carriers). The fishermen then finished off overpowering the islamic whatever they ares -government (denied) or terrorist - with a bit of help from their friends, and sailed for home and civilisation.
UPDATE Sunday morning
There are reports that the boarding party was of the official Libyan government. On being contacted by the Italian government about the Airone the Libyan government said it knew nothing of the occurrence. On which the Italian navy was dispatched to the scene and arrived with wholly admirable speed.
Frankly, I wouldn't have waited to find out; would you? The master of the Italian fishing boat stated, "I was determined to do anything necessary to get my men and my boat out of their hands and home." Bravo, bravissimo . Libyan 'government' has no credibility and cannot be trusted any more than Libyan 'insurgents'.