Italy Says 19 Boat Migrants Die, Thousands Rescued This Week
The Italian Navy, which has rescued more than 4,000 migrants in the last three days, said Saturday that Nineteen people died trying to reach Italy on a boat packed with hundreds of migrants, probably poisoned by carbon monoxide fumes from its engines. A navy spokesman said eighteen bodies were found in the hold of the boat, along with three very ill men who were rushed to the Italian island of Lampedusa but one died en route. The spokesman said the two surviving men were taken by helicopter to a hospital in the Sicilian capital of Palermo. He said carbon monoxide fumes produced by the boat’s engine likely caused the deaths. A similar incident last month killed 30. Italy is struggling to keep up with the number of migrant boats this year, which mostly depart from the coast of increasingly unstable Libya, and is seeking more help from the EU in both the rescue mission and in hosting new arrivals.
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