Barely 24 hours after the report of 70 Ethiopian migrants who was drown in the Red Sea on their way to Yemen, another boat carrying more than 400 African migrants has submerged off the coast of Italy, killing 111 people so far with more than 250 still unaccounted for.
The tragedy occurred when the engine of the 100 passenger capacity boat stopped working, the fire setup to attract a passing ship quickly spread to the wooden boat causing it to capsize. The diving team are still making effort to find the bodies of the over 250 people still missing following the tragedy.
So far, about 155 people have been rescued, while effort is still ongoing to find any possible survivor or the dead bodies. The Italian coast guards are currently working on the rescue mission.
Deputy Prime Minister Angelino Alfano said: “The trafficker arrested is a 35-year-old Tunisian who had been expelled from Italy in April and repatriated, But he’s returned to human-trafficking with these results.” And there is no reason to believe this is going to be the last time such incident is occurring – he told the parliaments as they open investigation into the incident.