Share07 March 2019Three migrants, two of them children, died in the wreck of a boat with 12 people on board in front of the Greek island of Samos.
The Greek Coast Guard reported it. The two children died after being rescued by rescuers, while a man's lifeless body was found later. Another boy was also on board the boat. The boat had left Turkey and sank on Thursday night off Samos. The Greek Coast Guard said it had received an sos and started immediately
sea and helicopter research around the island in the Aegean Sea. Survivors of the wreckage of the small boat, which was supposed to take them to Samos, reported that one man was missing. The coastguards believe that his body was found in the morning on the coast. It is not clear what caused the sinking, which occurred on a night of clear weather and calm seas.
From Libya and Tunisia to Lampedusa
40 migrants landed tonight in Lampedusa from a wooden boat that arrived independently 2.6 miles from the island. On board 29 men, 3 women and 16 minors, two of whom are very young. A Maltese military helicopter, CP 300 of the Coast Guard and patrol boats of the Guardia di Finanza intervened. The boat had left Sabratha (Libya) and was in good condition with 2 engines. Also on the night of Thursday 5 March, eight Tunisians arrived in Lampedusa on a small boat which left Tunisia.
The day before, a Maltese ship rescued 87 migrants on a wooden boat that arrived 30 miles from Lampedusa. The boat had been spotted by our Rome coastguard operations center. In the area, a Maltese military aircraft had asked the aid of an Italian military ship of the Frontex device which was close to the vessel in difficulty. However, the ship did not intervene due to technical problems so the Maltese navy was activated to help the migrants who then landed in Malta.