45 migrants dead in a fishing boat towed to southern Sicily

Final count of corpses towed to Pozzallo made, all adult men

02 July, 11:46

    The ship Grecale The ship Grecale

    (ANSAmed) - POZZALLO (RAGUSA) - Forty-five bodies were aboard a fishing boat towed Wednesday to the coastal town of Pozzallo, in sourthern Sicily, by the ship Grecale. All of the dead were men who appeared to be adults from central Africa. The death toll was confirmed after the recovery of the corpses which ended a short while ago.

    The first estimate had been of roughly 30 dead migrants.

    Police are investigating the incident. The bodies were taken to a refrigerated room in Pozzallo made available by the Civil Protection of the Province of Ragusa.

    Two medical examiners, appointed by the prosecutor's office, are conducting autopsies. The victims were in a fishing boat on which 600 people were made to board, more than double the boat's capacity.

    The migrants were found in the ice-room. They are believed to have died from being crushed or asphyxiated. (ANSAmed).

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