Mercoledì, 19 Settembre 2018
LAMPEDUSA

Child among two dead, migrant boat rescued near Lampedusa

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Lampedusa, August 8 - A seven-year-old boy was
among two people to die in a migrant boat during a crossing from
North Africa to the southern Italian island of Lampedusa,
survivors said on Thursday.
The boat was in difficulty and sank soon after an Italian
fishing vessel rescued 103 Somali migrants overnight near
Lampedusa.
The survivors, including a 29-year-old pregnant woman, were
subsequently taken to Lampedusa by a Coast Guard boat.
The said the bodies of the dead pair were thrown into the
sea.
The mother of the dead child survived, but was in a state
of shock and was unable to respond to rescuers' questions.
Southern Italy, in particular the tiny island of Lampedusa
off Sicily, deals with huge migration flows every summer.
Throngs of migrants who survive the dangerous sea crossing from
North Africa continue to arrive daily, although many die every
year trying to make the crossing.
On Sunday 90 Somalis saved in a boat in the Channel of
Sicily said three women died of thirst during their voyage.
Lampedusa continues to deal with the emergency situation,
with its reception centre overloaded as authorities struggle to
move migrants to centers in other cities.
Early on Thursday another boat carrying 85 migrants arrived
there.
Another boat carrying 200 migrants, including two newborn
babies, landed at the Sicilian port of Siracusa Thursday after
being rescued by Italian police.

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