Rome, July 1 (IANS/AKI) A total of 348 migrants arrived Friday in the eastern Sicilian port of Catania aboard an Italian coastguard vessel – along with the corpses of ten women who died in a shipwreck in the Strait of Sicily.
The migrants included 86 women and three children and they were plucked from the sea in several rescue operations, the coastguard said.
Among the rescued migrants were 107 survivors from Thursday’s deadly shipwreck in the Strait of Sicily, over which two people smuggling suspects were arrested, according to sources cited by national news agency Ansa on Friday. The suspects were said to be a Senegalese and a Gambian.
Police boarded the wrecked ship overnight in the first phase of an investigation of the tragedy.