6 migrants drown, nearly 100 rescued off Sicily
AFPROME--The Italian coastguard found Saturday the dead bodies of six clandestine migrants on a tourist beach in Sicily while nearly 100 others, thought to be Syrians and some Egyptians, were rescued in the latest desperate attempt to reach Europe.
August 11, 2013, 12:02 am TWN
“We were alerted just after 5:30 a.m. (0330 GMT) that a boat had run aground across from a beach resort” near the island's second largest city Catania, said spokesman for the port authority Roberto D'Arrigo.
“Most of the migrants jumped into the water” when they saw the coastline, he said.
The bodies of two of the dead migrants were found on the beach while “four other bodies were recovered” by rescuers around the boat, as they apparently did not know how to swim and drowned, authorities said.
A three-year-old child suffering from dehydration and a pregnant woman have been hospitalized. D'Arrigo said that all the passengers were young adults and one of the deceased was a teenager.