Italian coast guard moves to save abandoned migrant ship

ROME: The Italian coast guard has said that a merchant ship with at least 450 migrants on board is heading for the Italian coast.

The Ezadeen, sailing under the flag of Sierra Leone, has no crew on board and has lost power in rough seas off the south-east of Italy, according to media reports.

The Icelandic coast guard told the BBC that high seas and bad weather were making it difficult to board the 73-metre (240ft) Ezadeen, which is 65km (40 miles) off the south-eastern tip of Italy.