ROME – A boat carrying the bodies of 10 migrants discovered dead at sea arrived in Sicily on Friday, alongside with dozens of individuals it rescued this week as they tried to cross the Mediterranean.
The crew of the Geo Barents vessel, run by charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF), discovered the corpses on an overcrowded boat 30 nautical miles off the Libyan coast.
They are believed to have died from suffocation after spending 13 hours on the boat’s decrease deck the place there was an intense scent of gas, MSF stated in an announcement.
Some 186 individuals rescued in three separate operations in worldwide waters will disembark in Messina, a port on the southern Italian island, MSF stated.
The migrants – largely from Africa – embrace 61 minors, the youngest aged simply 10 months.
“We hope they will get all the assistance they need,” MSF stated on Twitter, including those that died will now have “a decent burial”.
Italy has seen a pointy enhance in boat migrants in latest weeks and the most recent mass arrivals will put additional stress on Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s authorities to safe an settlement with European Union companions over the best way to deal with the inflow.
Some 59,702 migrants have disembarked in Italy this 12 months, in response to inside ministry information, up from 32,476 in the identical interval in 2020.
MSF stated over 1,200 individuals had died through the perilous sea journey to succeed in Europe thus far in 2021.