Nine dead as Italy-bound migrant boat capsizes
Italian coast guard rescues 144 people
13 April 2015
(ANSA) - Rome, April 13 - At least nine people are dead after a migrant boat heading towards Italy capsized some 80 miles from the coast of Libya, ANSA sources said Monday. The Italian coast guard has rescued 144 people and recovered nine bodies. The incident is the latest in a long series of migrant disasters in Mediterranean waters south of Italy.
The Italian coast guard said Monday that it rescued 5,629 migrants in three days between Friday and Sunday.
On Sunday alone the coast guard rescued 22 migrant boats. Italy has seen a sharp increase this year in the already big flow of migrants heading to its coast from North Africa. The authorities here are braced for arrivals to accelerate further now that weather and sea conditions have improved with spring.
At least nine dead after migrant boat sinks off Libya
AFP | Apr 13, 2015, 02.37 PM IST
ROME: Italian coastguards have recovered nine bodies from the sea after a boat carrying more than 150 migrants sank off the coast of Libya, they said on Monday.
Rescuers managed to save 144 of the migrants and were still searching for others after their vessel overturned 80 miles (128 kilometres) off the Libyan coast.
The total number of passengers on the boat and their nationalities was not yet known.
Late Sunday, the Italian coastguards said they had rescued a total of 2,782 people over the weekend from the Mediterranean, with the good weather prompting an increased number of migrant boats to set off for Italy.
The number of migrants entering the EU illegally in 2014 almost tripled to 276,000, according to Frontex, nearly 220,000 of them arriving via the Mediterranean.
The chaotic situation in Libya has sparked a rise in migrant boats setting out for Europe from its unpoliced ports carrying refugees fleeing conflict and poverty in the Middle East and Africa.
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