IOM officers were at the scene on Wednesday afternoon to provide first aid and counselling to those who survived the disaster. They said their boat sank during rough seas, and some media reports indicated the boat had capsized.
IOM officials reported that the boat was carrying more than 300 people, including at least 40 women and 5 young children. Of them, 47 people were rescued by the
Several survivors told IOM officers that the boat was already sinking when rescuers arrived but that they managed to swim towards an approaching Coast Guard ship. Others drowned because they either couldn't swim or were dragged down by desperate fellow passengers, IOM said.
"The survivors are all in a state of shock," said IOM Legal Expert Simona Moscarelli. "One man told me he had lost his one year old son. One of the two surviving women told me how she had lost her husband."
The surviving migrants were later transferred to Loran base, a facility where the Italian authorities are sheltering migrants coming from
Since the beginning of February, the
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