At least 57 migrants died in a shipwreck off the coast of Libya. Survivors: “Among the victims 20 women and two children”
Safa Msehli, the spokesperson for IOM, took Twitter to say that at least 57 migrants, including twenty women and two children, lost their lives in a shipwreck off the coast of Libya. According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), quoting the survivors brought ashore by the Coast Guard and the fishermen, at least twenty women and two children are among the drowned.
It is carnage in the waters of the Mediterranean; at least fifty-seven people died while trying an incautious escape from the North African coasts. According to the UN agency, the boat dropped off the shore of Khoms, a city over 100 kilometers eastward of Tripoli. “Another tragedy. With this shipwreck, the estimate of the dead in the central Mediterranean is approaching almost a thousand (over 980). Last year at the end of July they were 272. Therefore, we must no longer hesitate and do everything to strengthen the patrol system at sea. Immediately,” the IOM spokesman for the Mediterranean, Flavio Di Giacomo, denounced hotly after this umpteenth slaughter off the coast of Libya.
Meanwhile, arrivals on the Italian coasts do not stop, particularly on the island of Lampedusa, where ten different boats arrived on the weekend alone, carrying 177 migrants on board. The advantage of the calm sea and clear weather has propelled off a new surge of entries. Over the weekend, there are more than thirty landings on the Lampedusa coast, where the Guardia di Finanza and the Coast Guard operate non-stop. Most of the boats arrived in the night between Saturday and Sunday: first 16 people, then 21 and then 23 people, mostly of Tunisian origin.
Other ships in difficulty were identified offshore and brought to safety by the Guardia di Finanza. With the latest arrivals, there are 1360 people inside the Lampedusa hotspot, already in an emergency. At dawn, the Italian Coast Guard patrol boat “CP 309” recovered three small crafts with 16, 21, and 23 Tunisians on board. The patrol vessel Pv4 Avallone of the Guardia di Finanza, to follow, instead saved, between twelve and nine miles from Lampedusa, two ships onboard 15 (including two women and two minors) and 30 (including ten women and two minors) migrants.
Shortly after, at 15 miles, the Gdf V1102 patrol boat sighted and rescued a 7-meter boat with 13 Tunisians and the CP 312 patrol boat blocked – at 18 miles – other three ships with 11, 16 onboard (including five women and one minor) and 15 migrants. Finally, at sunrise, CP 289 disembarked 17 Tunisians on the Favarolo pier, including five children, rescued 24 miles from Lampedusa on an inflatable life raft. During the day, the transfer of 300 people will leave the island with a patrol boat and will be transferred to Crotone, while the Adriatico quarantine ship will board 150 migrants.