Migrants: Asso30 with 232 on board,1 dead in Porto Empedocle

Rescued in Strait of Sicily

22 February, 14:57

    (ANSAmed) - AGRIGENTO, FEBRUARY 22 - Asso 30, the private ship that works for ENI platforms, has docked in Porto Empedocle, in the province of Agrigento. It has 232 migrants on board rescued in the Strait of Sicily and the body of a victim.

    The group will be tested for Covid and identified. The migrants will then be transferred to the quarantine ship "Allegra" to monitor their health as part of measures to contain the spread of coronavirus.

    The quarantine ship "Allegra" will then leave Porto Empedocle and reach the "Adriatica" vessel off the coast. This other quarantine sip is expected to host 150 migrants from the hotspot of Lampedusa. The group was scheduled to leave on Monday morning for Porto Empedocle. The "Adriatica" ship, which is completely empty and can host about 400 people, was docked until Sunday morning off Lampedusa. The prefecture of Agrigento - which systematically coordinates the transfer of migrants present in hosting facilities - wanted migrants who have already been identified and tested for Covid to board directly in Lampedusa.

    The weather's condition however did not allow the ship to dock.

    The "Suprema" vessel meanwhile remains in front of Lampedusa, ready for the boarding of some 300 migrants coming from the hotspot as soon as the conditions of the sea will allow it to dock in cala Pisana. The facility of the largest Pelagian island, where 1,100 people were registered on Saturday, hosted on Monday morning over 900. (ANSAmed)
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