Seven Bangladeshi migrants who had been on a ship from Libya heading for the Mediterranean island of Lampedusa have died of hypothermia, Agrigento Prosecutor Luigi Patronaggio mentioned in an announcement on Tuesday.
The coastguard noticed the boat in a single day some 18 miles (29 kilometers) off the coast of Lampione, an uninhabited island close to Lampedusa, and rescue operations had been carried out, the prosecutor mentioned. His workplace has opened an inquiry into alleged abetting of unlawful migration and manslaughter, he added.
Lampedusa Mayor Salvatore Martello confirmed the loss of life toll, including the vessel was carrying 280 migrants, primarily from Bangladesh and Egypt.
Italy, a significant route into Europe for a whole lot of 1000’s of asylum seekers and different migrants, has seen a rise in migrant boats in current months.
As of Jan. 24, 1,751 migrants have disembarked in Italy’s ports to this point this 12 months, in line with authorities knowledge.