Yet another tragedy in the Sicilian Channel, where a boat load with migrants sank when it was about 20 miles from the Libyan coast. The boat managed to send a distress call, received by the operations center of the Coast Guard Roma, which sent its Diciotti ship to help the boat.
Upon the arrival of the crew, they found the raft half-sunk and many refugees in the water. The Coast Guard, thanks to this timely intervention, managed to save 107 migrants, including women and children. They also recovered 10 bodies, ten women who died following the sinking of their boat.
At the end of the saving operation, the Diciotti ship informed the control center that the shipwreck occurred in bad weather conditions: sea force 3 wind at 30 knots, and waves that were nearly two meters high. After retrieving the survivors, the Coast Guard ship remained in the area where the tragedy had happened, looking for possible survivors.
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) described the Mediterranean route as the most dangerous. According to a report provided by the Organization, over 3,400 migrants died or went missing while attempting to cross the borders of the world. And 80% of these cases happened on routes leading to Europe. The figure is 12%-higher compared to the first five months of 2015.