Seven Bangladeshis die of hypothermia on migrant boat in the Mediterranean Sea
Rome, January 26: Seven Bangladeshis have died of hypothermia on a boat carrying migrants from Libya to Italy in the Mediterranean Sea. Luigi Patronaggio, prosecutor in the Italian city of Agrigento, said in a statement on Tuesday (January 25).
The Italian prosecutor said coastguard members spotted the boat floating overnight near Lampedusa, about 29 kilometers off the coast of the uninhabited island of Lampion. Then they started the rescue operation. He also said an investigation will be started against the culprits in this incident.
Confirming the deaths of seven people, Lampedusa Mayor Salvatore Martello said there were 280 migrants on the boat. Most of them are citizens of Bangladesh and Egypt.
Italy is the main route for immigrants to enter Europe. They tried to cross the Mediterranean Sea from the African country of Libya to various islands in Italy. Over the past few months, the tendency of migrants to cross the Mediterranean Sea to enter Europe has greatly increased. They often get into accidents on this dangerous route.
According to the Italian government, as of January 24 this year, 1,751 migrants have arrived in various Italian ports by boat.