Thursday, April 7, 2011



Sekurang-kurangnya 15 mati, kapal migran tenggelam

07/04/2011 3:30am

ROM 7 April - Sekitar 130 hingga 250 orang dilaporkan hilang dan sekurang-kurangnya 15 oran dikatakan terkorban apabila bot yang membawa pelarian dari Libya ke selatan Sicily.
Pasukan penyelamat berjaya menyelamatkan 47 orang termasuk seorang wanita yang sarat mengandung selepas bot yang penuh dengan penumpang itu hilang yang meninggalkan Libya dua hari lalu tenggelam pada pukul 4 pagi (10 pagi waktu tempatan).
Antara 15 hingga 20 mayat dilihat di dalam air setakat ini tetapi angin kuat dan laut yang bergelora membuatkan operasi mencari semakin susah. - REUTERS


Migrant boat sinks off Italy, up to 250 missing
Italian Police and Guardia Costiera officers carry an injured refugee as he arrives on the southern Italian island of Lampedusa
By Daniele Mari
ROME (Reuters) - Between 130 and 250 people were missing and at least 15 appeared to be dead after a boat carrying refugees from Libya capsized south of Sicily early on Wednesday, coast guard officials and aid workers said.
Rescuers picked up 47 people, including a heavily pregnant woman after the overloaded boat, which left Libya two days ago, sank at about 4:00 a.m. (0200 GMT) 40 miles south of the island of Lampedusa.
According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), 
a migrant assistance agency which has officials on Lampedusa, 
an Italian fishing boat rescued another three people.
Between 15 and 20 bodies were seen in the water, officials said but high 
winds and rough seas made it difficult for coast guard boats and a police 
helicopter to operate.
Coast guard officials said the boat had originally been carrying around 
200 people but the IOM put the figure as high as 300, of whom it said 
some 250 were missing.
The incident provided a stark illustration of the dangers run by desperate 
people who pay about 1,000 euros ($1,427) for a place on one of 
the overloaded fishing vessels carrying refugees and migrants from Africa.
"The vessel, which was laden beyond capacity, had left the Libyan coast 
with migrants and asylum seekers from Somalia, Nigeria, Bangladesh, 
Cote d'Ivoire, Chad and Sudan," IOM said in a statement. 
"Some 40 women and 5 children were on board. Only two women 
survived the shipwreck."
Monday, the United Nations refugee agency said more than 
400 people fleeing Libya on two boats were missing.


Immigrant Boat Capsizes Off Italian Island, More Than 200 Missing


A boat carrying hundreds of terrified migrants who had left the 
coast of Libya sank in rough seas off the southern Italian island 
of Lampedusa in the early hours of Wednesday.  Rescue 
operations were hampered by strong winds and rough waters 
making it difficult for many of the migrants to be saved.  
A man receives assistance upon his arrival in Lampedusa, southern Italy
A man receives assistance upon his arrival in Lampedusa, southern Italy, Wednesday, April 6, 2011. Italian coast guard officials were trying Wednesday to rescue migrants lost at sea after their boat capsized

Italian coast guard officials are still searching for dozens of migrants, 
including women and children, lost at sea after a boat capsized 
overnight in the Mediterranean waters between the tiny island of 
Lampedusa and the North African coastline.
Survivors say the boat’s driver turned the lights off at one point 
and large waves pounded the boat and then it started to sink.  
People jumped overboard and swam toward approaching coast guard vessels.  
Many are feared to have drowned because they could not swim, 
or were dragged down by fellow passengers.

The incident is the worst since thousands of immigrants have 
begun traveling in makeshift boats to Italy following the unrest in 
North Africa. More than 300 migrants are believed to have been on the 
vessel.  Italian officials say 51 have so far been rescued alive.  At least 
20 bodies have been recovered. 

Tragedy happen everyday!


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