Two shipwrecks in the Mediterranean, and the search for the missing continues

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11 people have been confirmed dead and dozens are missing after two separate shipwrecks close to the Italian coast, rescuers report. 

In the first shipwreck, German aid group RESQSHIP, which operates the Nadir rescue ship, said it picked up 51 people from a sinking wooden boat and found 10 bodies trapped in the lower deck of the vessel.

RESQSHIP said the survivors were handed over to the Italian coast guard and taken ashore on Monday morning, while the Nadir was making its way to the island of Lampedusa, towing the wooden boat with the bodies of the deceased.

Alarm Phone, a hotline service for people in distress while crossing the Mediterranean, said on X: “We were alerted to a boat in distress, carrying about 60 people. Not EU authorities but the small Nadir offered assistance. Unfortunately, they came too late for the 10 people who died in the lower deck. EU borders continue to kill!”

Overnight on Sunday, 173 people arrived on three boats to Lampedusa, including three minors. 

The vessels had left Zawia in Libya and were carrying people from Bangladesh, Sudan, Syria and Egypt.

The second shipwreck took place east of Calabria, as a boat that had set off from Turkey eight days earlier caught fire and overturned, the UN agencies said.

Refugees and migrants in the second shipwreck came from Iran, Syria and Iraq. 

The coast guard has said it was looking for an unspecified number of missing people, with the help of the European Union border agency Frontex.

Italy is one of the main landing points for people trying to reach Europe, and the central Mediterranean route is considered one of the world’s most dangerous, reports The Guardian. 

Over 27,000 people have died in the Mediterranean Sea in the last decade. 

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