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Possible Death Of 41 Migrants In A Central Mediterranean Shipwreck

Italian authorities and United Nations agencies have reported that there might be a possible death of 41 migrants in a Central Mediterranean shipwreck. The incident occurred last week, and survivors, who have been brought to the Italian island of Lampedusa, provided this information.

Cecilia Jones
Aug 10, 2023791 Shares39542 Views
Italian authorities and United Nations agencies have reported that there might be a possible death of 41 migrants in a Central Mediterranean shipwreck. The incident occurred last week, and survivors, who have been brought to the Italian island of Lampedusa, provided this information.
The local public prosecutor, Salvatore Vella, along with three U.N. agencies, confirmed the details. According to survivors, the shipwreck involved a boat with a total of forty-five individuals, including three children.
On Wednesday, a joint statement from the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Unicef, and UNHCR revealed that the survivors of the tragic incident consisted of a 13-year-old boy, a woman, and two men. These individuals arrived in Lampedusa nearly six days subsequent to the shipwreck of their boat.
According to the survivors, the vessel had departed from Sfax, a prominent location in the migration crisis, on August 3rd. Tragically, during the nighttime voyage, the boat encountered a significant wave which led to its capsizing and sinking. Multiple sources, including the Ansa news agency, cited the survivors' account of the events.
The Italian Red Cross and the Sea-Watch charity rescue organizations reported that the four survivors managed to endure by clutching onto life jackets and inflatable rubber objects. Subsequently, they came across an unoccupied boat while adrift at sea, where they spent multiple days. These migrants, upon reaching Lampedusa, appeared fatigued and traumatized. Local prosecutor Vella mentioned that they are scheduled to be interrogated by the police. It is assumed that they had no access to sustenance or drinking water until their rescue on Tuesday.
Initiating an investigation, Vella revealed that the survivors were rescued subsequent to a surveillance aircraft from the EU border agency Frontex detecting them approximately 54 nautical miles (100 km) off the coast of Zuwarah in Libya.

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Unfavorable Conditions

The central Mediterranean stands as one of the globe's most perilous pathways for migration. According to the IOM, over 22,000 individuals have either lost their lives or gone missing in its waters since 2014.
As per the U.N. agencies, migrants departing from Tunisia in recent times encountered exceedingly challenging weather and sea conditions. These individuals embarked on their journeys aboard precarious iron vessels, thereby escalating the inherent dangers.
The agencies restated their plea for governments to allocate greater resources to search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean. However, this undertaking is both costly and politically intricate, with minimal enthusiasm evident among EU member states.
This past Sunday, the Italian coast guard documented two additional shipwrecks, accounting for 57 survivors, two casualties, and over 30 individuals missing. Media outlets indicated that these incidents also implicated at least one vessel that had set sail from Sfax on August 3rd.
A reliable source mentioned that the most recent sinking of migrants is likely an unconnected event. Despite a request for commentary, the coast guard did not provide a response.
In a distinct occurrence, Tunisian authorities declared on Monday that they had retrieved 11 bodies from a shipwreck close to Sfax on the previous day, leaving 44 migrants unaccounted for in relation to that incident.
Italy, serving as a significant entry point into Europe for hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers and migrants, has experienced around 93,750 sea arrivals this year, according to data from the interior ministry. This marks a notable increase from approximately 44,950 during the corresponding timeframe last year.
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