DEAD WERE TR AMPLED, SAY MIGRANTS
ROME/GENEVA — Migr ants r escued from a r ubber bo at that l eft Lib ya l ast week said as many as 30 peopl e w ere trampled or dr owned during their v oyage as this y ear’s Medit erranean de ath toll climbed t o mor e than 1 7 00, the UN said y esterday.
They arriv ed in P ozzallo, Ital y, on Monday and said their bo at l ost it s motor and t ook on w ater hour s af ter leaving Lib ya. Some f ell in the s ea and drowned and o thers w ere tr ampled during the p anic, including a small child, l eaving be tween 20 and 30 de ad. Two bodie s w ere r ecovered.
Mor e than 50 bodie s ha ve been brought t o Ital y o ver the p ast f ew days and do zens mor e ar e f eared dead, the Unit ed Nations High Commission f or R efugees said. — R euters.