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At least ten migrants died and dozens of others have been lacking within the Mediterranean after their boat flooded with water off the coast of Italy, a German charity mentioned Monday. Nearly 60 migrants have been lacking after a separate shipwreck off Calabria, Italian media reported Monday.

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Rescuers coming to assistance from migrants on a picket boat off Lampedusa discovered 10 our bodies under deck, the German assist group ResQship posted on X.

The crew aboard ResQship’s vessel, the Nadir, “is currently caring for 51 people on board. The rescue came too late for 10 people,” the German charity mentioned.

“A total of 61 people were on the wooden boat, which was full of water. Our crew was able to evacuate 51 people, two of whom were unconscious – they had to be cut free with an axe,” it mentioned.

“The 10 dead are in the flooded lower deck of the boat,” it added.

The charity mentioned two of those that survived have been unconscious and receiving medical consideration, including that they critically wanted emergency evacuation.


ResQship gave no particulars about the place or when the rescue operation happened, however in line with the marinetraffic.com monitoring service, the Nadir WAS off the jap Tunisian port of Sfax on Monday.

Shipwreck off Calabria

Meanwhile Italy’s coastguard mentioned it was looking off Calabria for individuals overboard after a separate shipwreck, with media experiences saying as much as 60 migrants have been lacking, in line with the survivors.

The coastguard mentioned that since final evening it has been looking for “possible missing persons, following the shipwreck of a sailing boat with migrants on board, presumably departing from Turkey”.

Rescue efforts started after “a ‘mayday’ from a French pleasure boat sailing off the Italian coast”, it mentioned.

The French vessel alerted authorities to “the presence of the half-sunken boat” earlier than taking 12 surviving migrants on board.

They have been then transferred to an Italian coastguard boat, which took them to the city of Roccella Ionica in southern Italy.

One of the surviving 12 died after disembarking, the coastguard mentioned.

Around 50 migrants have been lacking following the shipwreck, in line with the ANSA information company, whereas Radio Radicale put the quantity at 64, including that these misplaced at sea have been from Afghanistan and Iran.

The UN has registered greater than 20,000 deaths and disappearances within the central Mediterranean since 2014, making it essentially the most harmful migrant crossing on the earth.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP and Reuters)


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