Migrants, small boat sinks off Lampedusa: one dead, 20 missing

Leaving from Tunisia, it sank in the Italian Sar area: 34 people saved

Shipwreck off Lampedusa. A small boat that left Tunisia with migrants on board sank in the Italian Sar area. First aid was provided by a fishing boat that has saved 34 people and recovered the body of a man. The survivors and the body were transferred to a Coast Guard patrol boat and taken to the island of Lampedusa. A search is underway for the missing, which could number around twenty.

Meanwhile, the Tunisian Coast Guard reported that it had recovered the bodies of 31 migrants, including two minors, on the coast of the country in the last few hours. As stated in a note, the “decomposing” and ”carried away by the waves” corpses were found on the coasts of Kerkennah, Sfax, Mahdia and Gabes. The National Guard has spoken of the deadliest year since 2017 for migrants embarking on the Mediterranean route bound for Europe, with more than 440 deaths to date.

According to data from the United Nations Refugee Agency, UNHCR, the main starting points for illegal immigration to Europe this year have been Tunisia (19,247 migrants), followed by Libya (15,509) and Turkey (1.247).