41 migrants die in shipwreck off the Italian island of Lampedusa

Edited by Catherin López
2023-08-09 10:44:07


The boat, with 45 people on board, sank in the afternoon of last Thursday, six hours after its departure at 10:00 local time that day from the coasts of Sfax, in Tunisia.


Rome, August 9 (RHC) The Italian Coast Guard reported a new shipwreck near the southern coast of the island of Lampedusa, where 41 migrants died and only four survived, who were rescued in the last hours.


According to a report from the rescuers, released this Wednesday on the digital site of the newspaper Corriere del Mezzogiorno, it was possible to determine that


The seven-meter-long metal vessel capsized after being hit by a large wave, in the midst of a rough sea due to bad weather, as narrated by the four survivors, three men and one woman, who managed to swim to an abandoned motorless iron boat.


Last Tuesday, aerial means of the European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders of the Member States of the European Union (Frontex) spotted the four migrants, who had been adrift for more than four days, and rescue operations were initiated, carried out by the Maltese-flagged ship Rimona.


Subsequently, they were transferred to the CP327 patrol boat of the Italian Coast Guard, which disembarked them today in Lampedusa, after which the Prosecutor's Office of the Sicilian municipality of Agrigento initiated an investigation to clarify the facts, led by Prosecutor Salvatore Vella, added the source. (Source: PL)


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