Shipwreck: boat with 24 bodies, 27 survivors arrives in Malta

950 on board according to survivor

20 April, 09:46

    Italian Coast Guard vessel Bruno Gregoretti arrived at the port of Valletta Italian Coast Guard vessel Bruno Gregoretti arrived at the port of Valletta

    (ANSAmed) - VALLETTA (MALTA) - Italian Coast Guard vessel Bruno Gregoretti arrived at the port of Valletta on Monday morning, carrying 24 bodies and 27 out of the 28 survivors of a shipwreck off the Libyan coast believed to have caused as many as 700 to 900 victims.

    Right after the bodies of victims were taken ashore and survivors underwent a medical checkup, the Gregoretti was scheduled to leave for the Sicilian city of Catania, where one of the migrants who survived, a Bangladeshi national, was taken by helicopter. He told authorities that some 950 migrants were on the boat that capsized.

    Operators from Doctors Without Borders were on the dock of Isla in front of the great port of Valletta together with personnel from the local Mater Dei hospital after they signed an agreement with Maltese NGO Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) to treat migrants in the Strait of Sicily with a medical vessel.

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