Monday, August 1, 2011

Lampedusa: 25 found dead aboard a migrants boat

The Italian Coast Guard Monday found 25 bodies on board a boat migrants on arrival in the Italian island of Lampedusa, officials said the port. The bodies were discovered when the passengers were transferred to a ship the Coast Guard. The boat also included 271 people alive who were crammed aboard, including 36 women and 21 children.

It was not immediately possible to clarify the reason of the death of passengers, all young men. Thousands of people fleeing Libya, most immigrant workers from Africa, arrived in Lampedusa in recent weeks. Hundreds of them drowned when the boats used by migrants are often in poor condition and the unfavorable weather.

It takes about two days for the sea voyage from North Africa to Lampedusa.

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