150 MI­GRANTS FEARED DEAD AF­TER BOAT SINKS

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A rub­ber boat packed with mi­grants sank in the Mediter­ranean and the pre­sumed sole sur­vivor — a 16-yearold Gam­bian boy — told res­cuers he be­lieved all other pas­sen­gers drowned, the In­ter­na­tional Mi­gra­tion Or­ga­ni­za­tion said. A hu­man­i­tar­ian ves­sel, the Iu­venta, found the boy hang­ing onto a fuel tank in the sea on Tues­day. He was trans­ferred first to an Ital­ian Coast Guard ship, then to a Span­ish frigate and brought to the Si­cil­ian is­land of Lampe­dusa early on Wed­nes­day. “He said that ev­ery­one else died. But there’s some hope that the Ital­ian Coast Guard picked up oth­ers,” said IOM spokesman Flavio Di Gi­a­como in Rome, af­ter speak­ing to staff in Lampe­dusa. It should be­come clear on Thurs­day whether oth­ers sur­vived, as a Coast Guard ves­sel dis­em­barks mi­grants in east­ern Si­cily that day, he said.

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