Devastating News: 9 Lives Lost & 15 Still Missing in Migrant Boat Tragedy near Italy

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At least nine people died and 15 remain missing on Thursday after a boat carrying migrants capsized in waters off southern Italy on Wednesday, reported Xinhua.

According to the Italian Coast Guard and non-governmental watchdog groups, the boat, carrying 46 people from Burkina Faso, Guinea, Ivory Coast and Mali, capsized and sank amid high winds late Wednesday, three days after it departed from Sfax in Tunisia, Italy's ANSA News Agency reported.

The Coast Guard said it rescued 22 people and recovered eight bodies, including a girl believed to be between four and eight years old. Another victim, a boy, died before he could be hospitalized.

The survivors and the bodies of the victims were taken to a migrant processing center in Lampedusa, the southernmost island in Italy.

The shipwreck was believed to have taken place in waters between Lampedusa and Malta.

According to the latest data from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the total number of migrant arrivals in Europe from across the Mediterranean was just under 45,000 as of April 7. That is around 5,000 more than at the same time in 2023.

Last year, Italy reported the landing of nearly 158,000 migrants and more than 1,900 deaths at sea. It has received 14,600 migrants from the Mediterranean so far this year.

Source: www.dailyfinland.fi

13 Comments
  1. Emily1975 says

    I am devastated to hear about the tragic incident involving the migrant boat sinking near Italy. It’s heartbreaking to think about the lives lost and those still missing. My thoughts are with the survivors and the families of the victims during this difficult time.

  2. EmilyDavis says

    Such a heartbreaking tragedy. My thoughts are with the victims and their families. The situation with migrant boats near Italy is truly devastating. More needs to be done to prevent such disasters and ensure the safety of those seeking a better life.

  3. EmmaJohnson82 says

    Such a heartbreaking incident. My thoughts go out to the families of the victims. It’s devastating to see such tragedies happening far too often in the Mediterranean. More needs to be done to prevent these disasters and protect those seeking refuge.

  4. EmilyJones2020 says

    How could such a tragedy happen again? Are there enough measures in place to prevent these kinds of incidents?

    1. SimonSmith1985 says

      Tragic incidents like these are heartbreaking and unfortunately all too common in the Mediterranean. More efforts must be made to ensure the safety of migrants during their perilous journeys.

  5. Emily_1987 says

    It’s heartbreaking to hear about such tragedies. The authorities must do more to prevent these incidents and protect vulnerable migrants seeking safety and opportunities in Europe.

  6. EmilyJohnson92 says

    It’s heartbreaking to see these tragedies continue to happen in the Mediterranean. My thoughts are with the victims and their families. Action needs to be taken to prevent such disasters in the future.

  7. MaggieSmith says

    Such heartbreaking news. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the victims. It’s devastating to see so many lives lost in these tragic circumstances. We need to work together to find better solutions for migrants and prevent such tragedies from happening again.

  8. EmmaSmith87 says

    It is heartbreaking to hear about the tragic loss of lives in yet another migrant boat disaster. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the victims, and I hope that such tragedies will spur more concrete actions to address the root causes of these dangerous journeys.

  9. MeganSmith123 says

    How can we prevent similar tragedies from happening in the future?

    1. JohnDavis84 says

      Preventing such tragedies requires a coordinated effort involving international cooperation, strengthening of maritime patrols, and addressing the root causes of migration. It’s crucial to prioritize humanitarian assistance and ensure safe passage for those seeking refuge.

  10. Emily Davis says

    It’s heart-wrenching to hear about the lives lost and those still missing in the migrant boat tragedy near Italy. The increasing number of migrant arrivals and deaths at sea is a tragic reminder of the urgent need for better support and solutions to address this humanitarian crisis.

  11. EmilySmith says

    It’s heartbreaking to hear about the tragic loss of lives in the migrant boat incident near Italy. My thoughts are with the families of the victims and the survivors. It’s a stark reminder of the dangers faced by migrants seeking safety and a better future.

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