One dead and many miss­ing from ship­wrecked boat res­cued by MOAS-CRI yes­ter­day

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

Yes­ter­day morn­ing, dur­ing yet an­other chal­leng­ing res­cue op­er­a­tion, 117 peo­ple were res­cued from a sink­ing rub­ber boat, but un­for­tu­nately many are claimed to be miss­ing.

Sur­vivors re­count that sev­eral peo­ple drowned be­fore the MOAS-CRI crew aboard the Re­spon­der made it onto the scene to as­sist them, in­clud­ing the mother of two sur­viv­ing chil­dren.

The sur­vivors, still shocked and ex­hausted, are now be­ing treated by the Red Cross team on board the Re­spon­der, as many of them are suf­fer­ing from hy­pother­mia and var­i­ous other mi­nor in­juries.

Ar­range­ments are be­ing made for two res­cued per­sons to be med­i­cally evac­u­ated, due to their crit­i­cal con­di­tions, as the Re­spon­der sails north to Lampe­dusa.

The body of a man who lost his life in his at­tempt to reach Europe is now in the morgue of the ship, to­gether with the corpse of an­other man re­cov­ered from the sea last Sun­day, al­legedly be­long­ing to an­other ship­wreck that oc­curred last week.

Yes­ter­day morn­ing’s res­cue was just the last in a string of res­cue op­er­a­tions that oc­curred through­out the night. About 600 peo­ple have been brought to safety be­tween Mon­day night and Tues­day morn­ing, among them many Syr­ian fam­i­lies.

A to­tal of 241 peo­ple were aboard the MOAS Re­spon­der while the rest of the peo­ple had been trans­ferred onto other ves­sels.

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