Search for missing shipwrecked migrants resumes with robot

Coast Guard agents searching after shipwreck two days ago

09 October, 15:52

    (ANSAmed) - LAMPEDUSA (AGRIGENTO), OCTOBER 9 - A search at sea has resumed Wednesday for at least 15 migrants missing from a shipwreck during the night between Sunday, October 6 and Monday, October 7, six miles off the coast of Lampedusa.

    An Italian Coast Guard patrol boat left the island's port on Wednesday morning with divers and a ROV, an underwater robot that will make an initial inspection of the area where the shipwreck took place, sending images to technicians aboard the patrol boat.

    Rodolfo Raiteri, the head of the Coast Guard general command divers' unit, said the goal is "to inspect the seabed to find the exact point in which the boat sunk, in order to delimit the intervention area". The Coast Guard was able to resume search activities at sea due to a window of favourable weather, following two days of rough sea and strong winds.

    However, weather conditions are already expected to worsen on Wednesday afternoon, which could force a new interruption of the search.

    On Wednesday morning, a Coast Guard ATR aircraft also began scouting the area where the shipwreck took place.(ANSAmed).

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