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Saving 'poor souls' on Europe's southern edge

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For the officers at coast guard headquarters on Italy's Lampedusa island, a normal day is nothing of the sort as they are called out time and again to rescue boat-loads of stricken asylum-seekers floundering off the coast. 

Screengrab from a video released by Italy's coastguard on October 4, 2013 shows guards helping immigrants out of the sea near the island of Lampedusa on October 3

The men and women here patrolling Europe's southern frontier often rely on the most basic alert system -- a satellite phone call from a crewman asking for help.

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