Immigration: 17 migrants found dead on boat, 66 rescued

They had departed from Libya, one in critical condition

05 December, 11:14

    The bodies of migrants dead in the shipwreck of their boat in the Sicily Straight (archive photo) The bodies of migrants dead in the shipwreck of their boat in the Sicily Straight (archive photo)

    (ANSAmed) - ROME - Seventeen migrants travelling on a rubber dinghy from Libya to Italy were found dead aboard by rescuers who reached them over 100 miles south of Lampedusa. The migrants probably died of hypothermia and dehydration.

    After the boat sent a distress signal, Navy and Coast Guard units reached the area, along with a tugboat and merchant ship.

    Once the dinghy was reached, rescue operations started.

    Seventeen bodies were found on board while 66 migrants were transferred on rescue units. One of them died shortly after he was rescued. Another is in critical condition and was taken by a Navy helicopter to a hospital in Lampedusa. The bodies of the 17 migrants were moved to a cutter that will take them to Porto Empedocle.

    Previously, two other operations were carried out by Navy vessels - patrol vessel Cigala Fulgosi and corvette Driade - rescuing respectively 102 and 100 migrants aboard boats south of Lampedusa. All were moved to the Etna ship where medical personnel provided assistance.(ANSAmed).

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