ROME A rubber boat packed with 147 migrants sank in the Mediterranean and all but 1 of its passengers drowned, the sole survivor – a 16-12 months-previous Gambian boy – instructed rescuers, the Global Migration Business (IOM) stated on Wednesday.
A Spanish frigate, the Canarias, discovered the boy hanging onto a piece of debris in the sea on Tuesday. He was transferred to an Italian Coastline Guard ship and brought to the Sicilian island of Lampedusa early on Wednesday.
“He was pretty fatigued when they discovered him. He is resting now, so we’ll have additional information later,” stated IOM spokesman Flavio Di Giacomo in Rome, just after talking to staff members in Lampedusa.
“The boy stated they still left Sabratha, Libya, a few times in the past on a rubber boat with 147 sub-Saharan Africans on board, which include five young children and some pregnant girls,” Di Giacomo stated.
In the past two times, rescuers have picked up additional than 1,100 migrants at sea, and recovered 1 system, Italy’s Coastline Guard stated. The Coastline Guard did not remark on the newest shipwreck.
So significantly this 12 months just about 600 migrants have died seeking to get to Italy from North Africa, IOM estimates, just after some four,600 deaths very last 12 months. Migrant arrivals to Italy are up additional than 50 per cent this 12 months on the very same period of very last 12 months.
Early on Wednesday the Golfo Azzurro, a humanitarian vessel, rescued about 400 migrants – predominantly from Morocco, Algeria, Libya, Gambia and Bangladesh – which include 16 girls and two young children.
They have been discovered drifting in a picket boat with out electrical power about 16 kilometers (10 miles) off the coast of Sabratha, the most often utilized departure issue at this time utilized by folks smugglers in Libya, and will now be transported to Sicily.
“The migrants kissed and hugged their rescuers and sang music” just after they have been brought to security, stated Reuters photographer Yannis Behrakis, who is onboard the Golfo Azzurro.
“My brother back dwelling persuaded me to make the trip,” stated Gambian Kalifa Kujabi, seventeen, just after the rescue. He stated he played for Gambia’s soccer academy and paid out $600 for the passage. “My brother stated that I can only have a upcoming as a soccer player in Europe.”
Italy’s parliament on Wednesday permitted a law aimed at preserving unaccompanied minors in a measure welcomed by humanitarian teams.
Also on Wednesday, the Senate voted to go a decree that foresees new detention facilities for migrants who are to be deported, chopping the duration of the appeals method for those people whose asylum requests have been rejected. The decree now goes just before the decreased dwelling.
(Additional reporting by Yannis Behrakis on board the Golfo Azzurro Editing by Julia Glover)