MIGRANTS DRAMA: CAPSIZING OR COLLISION? Terrible testimony of survivors. Another drama: a ship hit the rocks of Rodi, 3 victims and 90 saved

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Twenty-eight, this is the number of people who survived the terrible shipwreck on the night of April 19th off the coast of Libya. The Gregoretti ship of the coastguard reached the harbor of Catania, carrying the survivors. The Minister of Transports, Graziano Delrio welcomed them. Among those who were saved there is the man who was piloting the fishing boat causing between 750 and 900 people to die.

The story of two survivors is terrible; they said they gripped two corpses so they would not sink”. Rescuers said they were struggling among corpses, screaming to draw the attention of those who were searching the area.

Rescuers arrived in the area in the dead of the night and they immediately started searching the place. “As we were searching the area we found two people among the corpses. They were completely worn out, they screamed because they heard the noise of our engine and we were able to see and save them. They would not have lasted long”.

Nevertheless, the tragedies of these hopeful trips do not stop- yesterday morning a ship with hundreds of people onboard hit some rocks and started embarking water. Among the migrants who drowned, 90 did not have any ID. Among the survivors, there are many people from Syria and Ethiopia, 22 women and 6 children. Those who died are a man, a woman and a toddler. There should have been about 200 people, but after some hours of research, authorities declared there was no one else was left.

Shipwrecked keep saying there were among 100 and 150 people onboard. They said the ship left from Turkey and each one of them paid €2,500 to traffickers. The captain escaped on a motor vessel when the ship was near the rocks of Rodi. The ship hit the rocks and it sank rapidly, people tried to reach the banks and inhabitants helped them.

Local authorities were alarmed so that they could give shelter to migrants, whereas the government of Athens asked to European collaborates to increase their efforts in facing this ‘humanitarian cause’. The number of migrants and refugees without ID arriving in Greece was three time higher during the first three months og 2015, and the was is to blame. The number of migrants hit 10,000 people; and it will reach 100,000 before the end of the year, if the rhythm of disembarkations does not decrease.

Translation provided by Mary Ann D’Costa

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