Migrant boat breaks apart off Italy; 33 bodies recovered, 58 survivors

Migrant boat breaks apart off Italy; 33 bodies recovered, 58 survivors

The Italian coast guard and firefighters have recovered more than 30 bodies after a wooden migrant boat broke up in rough seas on Sunday near Italy’s southern coast. Italy` Mainland, officials reported.

State TV quoted the local prefect’s office as saying that 33 bodies had been retrieved by late morning. found And 58 people were saved.
Italy’s news agency AGI said the bodies included the body of a few-month-old baby.

Citing unnamed port officials near the coastal town of Crotone at the toe of the Italian peninsula Calabria, RAI state radio said the boat was carrying more than 100 migrants when it ran into trouble at dawn in the Ionian Sea .

Italian news agency LaPresse later quoted unidentified officials among the rescue forces as saying that there could be more than 180 people on board.
State TV said some 27 of the survivors made it to shore, apparently on their own.

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Pieces of wrecked wood were scattered on the beach at Staccato di Cutro, near the point where the boat apparently broke up.

Firefighters, including rescue divers, recovered 28 bodies, three of whom were pulled away from the wreckage by a strong current.

“It is a huge tragedy,” Crotone mayor Vincenzo Vos told RAI state TV. “In solidarity, the city will find a place in the cemetery for the dead,” Vos said. Details about the nationality of the migrants were not immediately provided in the reports.

It was not immediately clear where the boat had left, but migrant ships arriving in Calabria usually depart from the Turkish or Egyptian coasts. Many of these boats, including sailboats, reach remote parts of Italy’s long southern coastline, often aided by coast guard or humanitarian rescue ships.

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