Italy wildfires: Tourists rescued by boat from Sicily resort

08:47 • 13.07.17



Around 700 tourists have been rescued by boat from wildfires in Sicily, as swathes of southern Italy battle blazes.


As flames neared the seaside resort of Calampiso, fishermen and boat-owners were drafted in to aid the evacuation.

 

Matteo Rizzo, the mayor of nearby San Vito Lo Capo, appealed for help from "anyone with safe and reliable boats".


Writing on Facebook, he called the situation at the village west of Palermo "very urgent".


Evacuees were taken to schools in San Vito, and the mayor urged his "friendly and generous" town to pull together.


"We need minibuses and cars to pick people up at the little port and take them to school buildings," he said. "Let's all do something."

 

There are no reports of injuries caused by the Calampiso fire, but witnesses described running to the beach as their accommodation burned.


Italian paper La Stampa quoted one evacuated tourist, Stella Belliotti, as saying: "We fled in swimwear and slippers. Our apartment was engulfed in flames. They were right above us. I took my daughter and I went to the beach. They made us go on the boats that go around Zingaro. First women and children, and then the others."


Temperatures in Italy's arid south have reached over 40C (104F) after months of little rainfall.


Images from the slopes of Mount Vesuvius, in the southern region of Campania, show clouds of smoke over a kilometre high pouring into the air near Naples.


The national fire service said it was engaged in 441 operations across Italy on Wednesday, including 288 wildfires. Those at Vesuvius are among the most serious.


Around 70 firefighters have tackled the huge fire on the ground, alongside Civil Protection volunteers, and three helicopters have been deployed.


Environment Minister Gian Luca Galletti said a man had been arrested on suspicion of arson in the area.


"If someone set fire to Vesuvius, I want to see them in jail for 15 years," Italian media quoted him as saying.

 
The minister said a decision would be made shortly about whether to send the army to assist the stricken areas.The World Wildlife Fund has warned that thousands of people, animals, and a nature reserve are at risk around the volcano.

Italy's government declared a state of emergency last week in response to the drought in the northern provinces of Parma and Piacenza, and opposition politicians are demanding the same for the wildfires.

 





Загрузка...

LATEST NEWSAll Today news

18:12 • 25/04

Genocide-era mass graves found in Rwanda

18:05 • 25/04

Barcelona Open: Djokovic beaten in second round by Martin Klizan

17:58 • 25/04

Modigliani sets world record with estimate in excess of $150m

17:52 • 25/04

WhatsApp raises minimum age to 16 in Europe ahead of GDPR

17:30 • 25/04

Karen Karapetyan 'not resigning from post' despite strong anti-government protests

17:11 • 25/04

Iran rejects West’s nuclear proposal

16:49 • 25/04

A toast to 'unbreakable friendship': Trump and Melania pull out all the stops as they host President Macron, French first lady and 120 guests at the White House for glittering state dinner

16:32 • 25/04

Gmail gets self-destruct option ahead of GDPR

16:10 • 25/04

ARF-D lawmaker joining opposition protests  

15:29 • 25/04

Rare blue diamond ring fetches $6.7 million at Sotheby’s

15:19 • 25/04

Trump tightens Turkey’s grip over US policy on Genocide

14:34 • 25/04

Erdogan hosts dinner for Azerbaijani counterpart

14:18 • 25/04

Acting minister of sport steps down

13:51 • 25/04

President Armen Sarkissian to hold political consultations with parties

13:38 • 25/04

Opposition parties extend support to Pashinyan's movement 'against Republican PM'

12:55 • 25/04

We place no restrictions on political agenda – Karen Karapetyan

11:57 • 25/04

Coast Guard confiscates nearly $1b worth of cocaine and marijuana off the coast of Florida

11:44 • 25/04

Armenian opposition continues civil disobedience campaign

11:26 • 25/04

Zhoghovurd: Political developments in Armenia ‘pave way to resolving corruption scandals’  

10:53 • 25/04

Armenian opposition leader calls for 'stepping up campaign against Republican’

10:07 • 25/04

US urges for constructive transition of power in Armenia

09:49 • 25/04

Armenian-Americans flood LA streets as they call on government to formally recognize Genocide

09:35 • 25/04

Nicaragua faces detained protesters

09:13 • 25/04

Trump warns Iran of 'big problems'

18:30 • 24/04

Ex France midfielder Henri Michel dies at 70

17:51 • 24/04

What happened to the Armenians? – Turkish columnist

17:02 • 24/04

How Trump could tell the truth about Armenian genocide – CNN

16:42 • 24/04

Azerbaijan's ruling families linked to secret investments via Maltese bank – The Guardian

16:23 • 24/04

Aurora Prize committee names three potential recipients of 2018 award

16:05 • 24/04

Karen Karapetyan hosts Russian-Armenian businessman  

15:14 • 24/04

Serzh Sargsyan's downfall 'not about geoppolitics' - Thomas de Waal

14:54 • 24/04

Genocide changed our people’s fate, but 'we proved really stronger' – Karen Karapetyan

14:29 • 24/04

Oscars Academy sets key dates for 91st ceremony

13:52 • 24/04

EU envoy pledges to step up ratification of CEPA

13:29 • 24/04

‘Historic day for Armenia’ – Kim Kardashian

13:18 • 24/04

Trump, Macron plant oak tree outside White House

13:10 • 24/04

Aliyev to visit Turkey

12:50 • 24/04

Turkey will accept truth on Genocide 'sooner or later' - ARF-D member

12:02 • 24/04

Blue for a boy! London landmarks burst with light to mark the arrival of Kate and William's third child

11:28 • 24/04

Special ritual served in Tsitsernakaberd in memory of Genocide victims  

10:58 • 24/04

Memory of Armenian Genocide ‘refers to each of us’ - Emmanuel Macron

10:26 • 24/04

Eight cabinet ministers re-appointed

10:08 • 24/04

April 24 marks 103rd anniversary of Armenian Genocide

09:10 • 24/04

Serzh Sargsyan yields to public pressure, resigns as PM amid opposition protests

18:27 • 21/04

President Armen Sarkissian says ready to meet with opposition leader  

17:48 • 21/04

Queen Elizabeth marks 92nd birthday with gun salutes in central London and a party at the Royal Albert Hall

17:03 • 21/04

Turkish Foreign Ministry says US remarks on early polls 'unacceptable'

16:41 • 21/04

RFE/RL journalist attacked during protest In Armenia

15:45 • 21/04

Algerian woman denied French citizenship for refusing to shake man’s hand

15:30 • 21/04

Bako Sahakyan issues 'call for unity' amid opposition protests in Armenia

15:21 • 21/04

‘Smallville’ actress arrested in self-help guru's NY sex traffic case

14:49 • 21/04

Serj Tankian: This movement is authentic and completely yours (video)

13:10 • 21/04

Serzh Sargsyan calls for urgent political dialogue 'to avoid irreversible losses’

12:41 • 21/04

Armenian opposition leader’s calls ‘unconstitutional’ – Russian analyst

11:24 • 21/04

Opposition rally: Day 9 (updated)

11:02 • 21/04

Saakashvili issues call for ‘urgent dialogue’ between Armenian authorities and oppositon

10:24 • 21/04

EU leaders issue congratulations to Serzh Sargsyan

10:00 • 21/04

US Democrats sue Trump, Russia and Wikileaks

09:37 • 21/04

North Korea 'halts missile and nuclear tests', says Kim Jong-un

09:26 • 21/04

North Korea 'halts missile and nuclear tests', says Kim Jong-un

18:11 • 20/04

Paylan calls on Turkish government to recognize Genocide  

17:19 • 20/04

Armenian president re-appoints more ministers

17:00 • 20/04

Bentley launches official representation in Armenia

16:12 • 20/04

This is a ‘revolution of technologies’ - Alexander Iskandaryan  

15:38 • 20/04

Budget 6.1-inch LCD iPhone lineup could start at $550

15:13 • 20/04

Ratification of EU-Armenia deal ‘unrelated to domestic political developments ’ – parliament official

13:34 • 20/04

US concerned about Turkey’s ability to hold transparent election

12:56 • 20/04

Ariana Grande unveils 'emotional single'

12:31 • 20/04

More protesters arrested as opposition rally continues

11:56 • 20/04

Police issue fresh warnings to participants of opposition rally

11:39 • 20/04

Turkish parliament committee ratifies election bill

11:23 • 20/04

Yerevan protests: Police continue arresting activists

10:39 • 20/04

Opposition rally: Day 8 (updated, photos)

10:29 • 20/04

OSCE/ODIHR Director urges Armenian authorities to protect and ensure right to freedom of peaceful assembly

10:09 • 20/04

Zhoghovurd: Foreign leaders do not make haste to issue congratulations to Armenian premier

09:35 • 20/04

Syria returns Assad award to France

09:15 • 20/04

Berlin set for mass evacuation as WW2 bomb is defused

17:55 • 19/04

Couple’s wedding reception goes up in flames when fireworks set the ceiling display alight and 300 guests have to flee the burning building

17:41 • 19/04

Young Armenian sambo athletes win 11 medals in European championship (photos)

17:04 • 19/04

Trump delivers Tribute to Barbara Bush in press conference speech

16:47 • 19/04

Robots master task of assembling Ikea chair  

16:12 • 19/04

Armenian president re-appoints three cabinet ministers

15:51 • 19/04

Medvedev congratulates Serzh Sargsyan on being appointed prime minister

14:56 • 19/04

Hollywood Studio chiefs hail opening of Saudi Arabia's first cinema

13:43 • 19/04

Latvian parliament ratifies EU-Armenia agreement

12:54 • 19/04

Syria crisis: Unexploded missiles ‘handed over to Russia’

12:46 • 19/04

Magnitude 5.9 earthquake strikes Bushehr Province 

12:14 • 19/04

Yerevan protests: Police urge journalists 'to keep reasonable distance’

11:55 • 19/04

2017 was unique year ‘without public protests’ in Armenia – Serzh Sargsyan

11:00 • 19/04

Glendale City Council approves Armenian American Museum project

10:49 • 19/04

2 killed, over 300 buildings damaged in Indonesia earthquake

10:05 • 19/04

Armenian opposition continues rally against prime minister (updated)

09:20 • 19/04

Top Japan official resigns over sex scandal

18:05 • 18/04

Russia vows ‘painful response’ to US sanctions

17:57 • 18/04

Turkey: Erdogan calls snap elections

17:36 • 18/04

Karen Karapetyan appointed Vice Premier

17:07 • 18/04

Azerbaijan not to use Russian missile system sold to Turkey – expert

16:34 • 18/04

Russia Today to face investigations over spy poisoning case

16:12 • 18/04

Iceland's Bitcoin heist suspect 'flees on PM's plane'

15:57 • 18/04

Run-away Dubai princes ‘brought back home’