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Stranded migrants dive into sea to swim to Italy

The Spanish migrant rescue NGO ship Open Arms is seen off the coast of the Italian island of Lampedusa on August 17, 2019. (Photo by AFP)

Migrants rescued by a charity ship throw themselves in the water to try and swim to the nearby Italian island of Lampedusa in a desperate move after days stuck on board.

The NGO Proactiva Open Arms that owns the ship warned the situation was "out of control" as Spain announced it would make a new attempt at solving a standoff between the vessel and Italy, which refuses them port access.

(Source: AFP)

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