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Italy: At least 9 dead and 19 missing as migrant boat sinks off Lampedusa01:03

Italy: At least 9 dead and 19 missing as migrant boat sinks off Lampedusa

Italy, Lampedusa
October 7, 2019 at 12:14 GMT +00:00 · Published

At least nine people died after a boat capsized while carrying dozens of migrants near the Italian island of Lampedusa late on Sunday, with the coastguard rescuing 22 others while the search for further survivors continued.

Footage shows a rescue boat returning to port in the early hours of Monday morning to disembark migrants rescued from the waters, where they were received by officials from the International Organisation for Migration. The bodies of two dead migrants can also be spotted being unloaded from the vessel.

According to the Italian Coast Guard, a rescue call from the boat was received on Sunday evening, and a rescue operation was set in motion to save its occupants. Reportedly, due to harsh weather conditions and movement of the people on board when they saw the rescuers approaching, the ship capsized.

Italy: At least 9 dead and 19 missing as migrant boat sinks off Lampedusa01:03
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At least nine people died after a boat capsized while carrying dozens of migrants near the Italian island of Lampedusa late on Sunday, with the coastguard rescuing 22 others while the search for further survivors continued.

Footage shows a rescue boat returning to port in the early hours of Monday morning to disembark migrants rescued from the waters, where they were received by officials from the International Organisation for Migration. The bodies of two dead migrants can also be spotted being unloaded from the vessel.

According to the Italian Coast Guard, a rescue call from the boat was received on Sunday evening, and a rescue operation was set in motion to save its occupants. Reportedly, due to harsh weather conditions and movement of the people on board when they saw the rescuers approaching, the ship capsized.