Migrants: New Shipwreck of a Small Boat in Lampedusa, All is Safe – Chronicle

Once again, there was a risk of tragedy off the coast of Lampedusa: A small boat with 42 immigrants on board, including 5 women and a minor, sank Late yesterday evening in the Italian waters of Saar. The crew of a Tunisian fishing boat provided first aid.

When the Coast Guard picked up an SOS and retrieved the survivors, the small boat had already sunk. Many of the migrants, originally from Ivory Coast, Cameroon and Nigeria, were taken to the clinic because they were suffering from severe hypothermia. The survivors said that there are no people missing and that they left the Tunisian city of Sfax last Wednesday.

“It was not a declared tragedy, but a reported tragedy. I think it is hypocritical to say that no answer could have been given…. No, we did not know or did not wish to anticipate. In the Church, starting with Pope Francis, many have emphasized this a thousand times: there is no surprise in these events, they are very predictable and political. And also sad.” Thus Cardinal Michael Czerny, Prefect of the Vatican Department for Integrated Human Development and close collaborator of Pope FrancisIt was reported in an interview with Vatican News about the tragic shipwreck of migrants in Cutro, in the Crotone region.

41 arrive in one day, it’s a record

A total of 1,869 migrants arrived in Lampedusa yesterday, with 41 boats rescued in the waters in front of the island or in the Saar area by boats of the Coast Guard and the Guardia di Finanza. A record never achieved before. Two small boats, carrying 46 and 41 migrants, were able to land directly on land between Gitegia Beach and a nearby bay. Since midnight, 14 more landings have been recorded, with about 605 migrants. At the Contrada Imbricola hotspot, where 750 guests were transported yesterday, there are currently more than 3,000 migrants.

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ship in Brindisi
Meanwhile I entered Emergency ship in the port of Brindisi Life Support, which on the night between 6 and 7 last March rescued 105 migrants on a wrecked rubber boat in international waters off Libya. Among them are 59 men and 16 women – one of whom is seven months pregnant – and 24 unaccompanied minors and 6 minors. The youngest is two years old. They come from many African countries. The boat they were in, a 12-metre canoe that fed on water and was at the mercy of the waves because it had run out of fuel, left Zuwara, Libya, at 2pm on 6 March. According to reports from Commander Domenico Pugliese, all of the rescued people are in good condition, even if many of them “have the marks of their time in Libya on their bodies.”

Harold Manning

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