So far 45 individuals have been rescued, whereas 5 to 10 others are believed to be lacking off Lampedusa’s southern coast.
The Italian coastguard has launched a rescue operation after a ship carrying a minimum of 50 migrants and refugees capsized in a single day off the coast of Lampedusa.
The coastguard mentioned on Saturday the incident befell 15 nautical miles (28km) off the southern coast of the Sicilian island as emergency crews had been making an attempt to carry the individuals on board its boat.
A spokesperson mentioned 45 individuals have been rescued to date and a helicopter has been deployed to assist discover survivors.
Citing witnesses’ testimonies, the coastguard mentioned 5 to 10 individuals had been believed to be lacking.
According to the most recent information gathered by the inside ministry, 2,931 migrants reached Italy this yr by boat in contrast with the two,065 that arrived throughout the identical interval final yr.
Lampedusa is likely one of the first factors of entry for migrants making an attempt to achieve Europe by crossing the Mediterranean Sea from Africa.
The UNHCR described the central Mediterranean as probably the most harmful migration route worldwide – one in six individuals who depart the shores of North Africa dies.
Since the start of this yr, 161 migrants have misplaced their lives trying the perilous journey, and a minimum of 20,000 migrants have died trying the Mediterranean since 2014, in line with information gathered by the International Organisation for Migration.