Casualties Feared As Italian Coastguard Launch Search For Shipwreck

(MENAFN- Pajhwok Afghan News) KABUL (Pajhwok): The Italian coastguard have searched off the coast of southern Italy for survivors or the bodies of dozens of migrants feared missing after two shipwrecks left 11 people dead, a media report said on Tuesday.

With up to 60 migrants potentially lost at sea, the coastguard said it has been looking for“possible missing persons” since late Sunday,“following the shipwreck of a sailing boat with migrants on board, presumably departing from Turkey”.

According to dawn rescue efforts began after“a 'mayday' from a French pleasure boat” some 120 nautical miles off the Italian coast, it said.

The French vessel alerted authorities to“the presence of the half-sunken boat”, before taking 12 surviving migrants on board. They were then transferred to an Italian coastguard boat, which took them to the town of Roccella Ionica in southern Italy.


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