Tunisian navy saves man held afloat by plastic for 4 days

Search underway for any other survivors of shipwreck

30 July, 17:37

    TUNIS - Units from the Tunisian navy on Wednesday afternoon rescued a young man clutching a plastic container and drifting at sea some 15 miles east off Chebba in the Mahdia governorate.

    The defense ministry reported the news in a statement, which noted that the man said he had left from Sfax four days before alongside 25 other Tunisians to try to reach the Italian coast illegally when the boat they were on sunk due to a problem with its engine.

    The man was taken to the Monastir port and then the regional hospital.

    The search meanwhile continues for any other survivors of the shipwreck.

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