Mediterranean Shipwreck: 41 migrants missing after new Mediterranean shipwreck - Times of India

ROME: Forty-one migrants together with three kids are feared useless after being shipwrecked final week within the Mediterranean, UN companies stated, citing 4 survivors delivered to the Italian island of Lampedusa Wednesday.

Their metallic boat overturned in unhealthy climate in the course of the night time of Thursday to Friday after setting off from the Tunisian port of Sfax, stated a joint assertion from the UN companies for refugees, kids and migration.
The survivors — a 13-year-old boy on his personal, a girl and two males — drifted for days earlier than being rescued by a service provider ship on Tuesday, they stated. They have been lastly delivered to Lampedusa by the Italian coastguard on Wednesday.

In a separate assertion, the Italian Pink Cross, which manages the migrant reception centre on the island, stated the 4 have been typically in good well being.
They reported to be from Ivory Coast and Guinea, and have been unrelated to the lacking migrants, it stated.
The Sfax prosecutor’s workplace stated it was opening an investigation into “anyone” who helped the migrants “illegally cross maritime borders” into Tunisia, inflicting their deaths.
The shipwreck is one in all a number of lethal incidents reported in latest days after a interval of unhealthy climate.
Officers on Monday had reported that 16 migrants had died in shipwrecks off the coasts of Tunisia and Western Sahara.
And on Sunday, the UN’s migration company, the Worldwide Group for Migration (IOM), stated at the least 30 folks have been lacking after two shipwrecks off Lampedusa.
The tiny island, positioned simply 90 miles (round 145 kilometres) from Tunisia, is the primary port of name for a lot of migrants heading from North Africa to Europe.
However a lot of them don’t survive, making the Central Mediterranean migrant crossing the world’s deadliest.
Greater than 1,800 folks died making an attempt the route to this point this 12 months, in keeping with IOM figures from Friday — greater than double the fatalities in the identical interval final 12 months.
– ‘Low-cost boats’ – The 4 survivors informed the Pink Cross they’d survived by floating on inside tubes. A press release from EU border patrol company Frontex recommended at the least some a part of their boat had survived.
A Frontex aircraft on Tuesday morning noticed “a metal boat with four people on board” in waters coated by Libyan search and rescue, the company stated.
The boat was “adrift” so Frontex raised the alarm and the 4 have been rescued by a service provider vessel, earlier than being transferred to an Italian coastguard vessel.
IOM press officer Flavio Di Giacomo stated the migrants’ boat would have been ill-equipped for the form of unhealthy climate seen within the Central Mediterranean previously week.
“Sub-Saharan migrants (leaving from Tunisia) are forced to use these low-cost iron boats which break after 20 or 30 hours of navigation,” he informed AFP on Wednesday.
“With this kind of sea, these boats capsize easily. It is very likely that there are many more shipwrecks than those we know about — that is the real fear.”
Individuals traffickers who despatched migrants to sea in such circumstances are “more criminal than usual… totally without scruples”, he added.
– ‘Despatched to slaughter’ – An investigation into Sunday’s shipwrecks has been opened in Agrigento, on the Italian island of Sicily.
Agrigento’s chief of police Emanuele Ricifari stated the traffickers would have recognized unhealthy climate was forecast.
“Whoever allowed them, or forced them, to leave with this sea is an unscrupulous criminal lunatic,” he informed Italian media on the weekend.
It had been “sending them to slaughter with this sea”, he added.
Virtually 94,000 migrants have landed on Italy’s shores to this point this 12 months, in keeping with inside ministry figures — up from nearly 45,000 in the identical interval final 12 months.
Of their assertion, the UN companies on Wednesday renewed their name for “coordinated search and rescue mechanisms” within the Central Mediterranean.
In addition they known as for extra secure authorized routes for migrants and refugees into Europe, “to avoid people having to resort to dangerous journeys in search of safety and protection”.

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