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BBC NEWS | Europe | Stranded migrants saved in Alps
Six Ukrainian asylum seekers - some without shoes - have been rescued after getting lost in the snowy Swiss Alps.

The mother and her five children ran into difficulties while trying to cross illegally from Italy into Switzerland.

They were saved late on Sunday after a local radio enthusiast picked up their walkie-talkie distress signals.

"Some of the children were just wearing socks," Ticino regional police spokesman Marco Bordoli told the BBC.

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The mother and her children, aged nine to 21, got stranded near Monte Lema - a 1,600m (5,250ft) mountain in the canton of Ticino, Mr Bordoli said.

They were saved because the mother was carrying a children's walkie-talkie - a device capable of sending radio signals, he said.

by Fran on Mon Jan 21st, 2008 at 11:21:47 PM EST
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