Nine dead, 22 rescued as boat carrying migrants sinks off Sicily

The UN migration agency said the boat had set sail from Tunisia and had been carrying Tunisian and west African migrants. Vessels from the coastguard and customs police had reached the vessel, which overturned in rough seas about six nautical miles from the coast of Lampedusa.

Oct 07, 2019, 16:16 PM IST

`I stopped counting`: Doctor on discovering migrant boat dead

Stiff lifeless bodies submerged in water -- it`s a sight Canadian doctor Simon Bryant won`t soon forget after he found dozens of dead migrants in the hold of a boat off Libya.

Aug 28, 2015, 04:09 AM IST

Tunisia rescues migrants boat carrying 350 from Libya to Italy

Tunisia`s navy rescued more than 350 illegal migrants off its coast and was searching for hundreds more on Wednesday after they tried to sail from neighbouring Libya to the Italian island of Lampedusa, the local Red Cross said.

Jun 11, 2015, 09:08 AM IST

Lola the cat survives migrant crossing to Italy

 A cat which accompanied her owner across the desert from Sudan to Libya and then on a migrant boat to Italy has been taken into quarantine on the island of Lampedusa after authorities promised to reunite the pair, La Repubblica daily reported on Tuesday. 

Jun 09, 2015, 15:43 PM IST

Five Italy-bound Tunisian migrants drown, 49 rescued in Mediterranean

The bodies of five Tunisian migrants trying to reach the Italian island of Lampedusa were recovered from the sea Saturday while 49 others were rescued, Tunisia`s coast guard said.

May 23, 2015, 16:44 PM IST

German Navy ship in Mediterranean migrant rescue

A German Navy ship on Friday came to the rescue of a boat carrying some 200 migrants in the Mediterranean, the Defence Ministry said, days after it joined a beefed-up EU mission.

May 08, 2015, 18:54 PM IST

At least 25 migrants die after being picked up at sea: Italian official

At least 25 migrants died of hypothermia aboard Italian coast guard vessels after being picked up from an inflatable boat adrift near Libya, the chief health official on the Italian island of Lampedusa said on Monday.

Feb 09, 2015, 23:57 PM IST

Italy recovers six bodies in latest immigrant shipwreck

The Italian navy has recovered six bodies following a shipwreck off the Libyan coast, the third tragedy to hit immigrants attempting the perilous journey across the Mediterranean this weekend.

Aug 25, 2014, 14:24 PM IST

Italy transfers migrants from scandal-hit centre

Italy on Tuesday transferred migrants from a centre on the tiny island of Lampedusa at the heart of a controversy over unsanitary conditions and mistreatment, as protests continued in other facilities.

Dec 24, 2013, 17:15 PM IST

Shipwreck survivors protest ahead of ceremony for drowned

Survivors of Italy`s asylum shipwreck disaster held a sit-in at Lampedusa`s refugee centre on Monday, demanding to be taken to Sicily to join in a memorial ceremony for the victims.

Oct 21, 2013, 20:36 PM IST

Italy launches sea patrol as Sicily declares emergency

Italian warships rescued 290 migrants in the Mediterranean and Sicily declared a state of emergency as Rome launched a huge patrol operation to scare off people-smugglers.

Oct 16, 2013, 14:05 PM IST

Lampedusa migrant shipwreck toll rises to 359

Divers on Saturday found an additional 20 bodies off the Italian island of Lampedusa, Italian media reported, bringing the still provisional death toll from an October 3 shipwreck to 359.

Oct 13, 2013, 00:41 AM IST

Mediterranean `becoming a cemetery`: Malta PM

A day after dozens of people died when a boat carrying around 250 migrants capsized between Sicily and Tunisia, Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat warned European waters close to Africa are turning into a cemetery.

Oct 12, 2013, 12:18 PM IST

Dozens killed in new migrant shipwreck south of Sicily

Dozens of people died on Friday when a boat carrying around 250 migrants capsized between Sicily and Tunisia, in the second such shipwreck this month, the Italian coastguard said.

Oct 12, 2013, 08:56 AM IST

Egypt boat wreck: 12 migrants drown to death

A boat has capsized near the Egyptian port of Alexandria on Friday killing 12 migrants mostly from Syria and Palestine.

Oct 11, 2013, 21:05 PM IST

Italy rescues more than 500 migrants off Sicily

Italy rescued more than 500 migrants in the Strait of Sicily in the early hours of Friday as part of several coastguard operations, authorities said.

Oct 11, 2013, 20:09 PM IST

Toll in Italy shipwreck tragedy rises to 309

Italian divers said the death toll from a refugee shipwreck last week had risen to 309 after seven bodies were recovered on Thursday.

Oct 11, 2013, 09:42 AM IST

Europe approves new border surveillance after wreck

More than 300 people, mostly from Eritrea and Somalia, died last week when their boat sank off the southern Italian island of Lampedusa.

Oct 11, 2013, 08:03 AM IST

Italy shipwreck death toll reaches above 300

Over 300 deaths, including that of 83 women and nine children, have been confirmed in last week`s boat tragedy, authorities said Wednesday.

Oct 10, 2013, 11:30 AM IST

Italy holds suspected ship captain; death toll 275

Just 155 migrants, most if not all from Eritrea, survived Thursday`s shipwreck. Survivors said there were some 500 would-be asylum-seekers aboard when the ship capsized.

Oct 09, 2013, 11:08 AM IST