Italy: 27 migrants die at sea of hypothermia | Inquirer News
Close  

Italy: 27 migrants die at sea of hypothermia

/ 05:38 AM February 10, 2015
In this Jan. 3, 2015 file photo, migrants wait after disembarking from the cargo ship Ezadeen, carrying hundreds of migrants, in the southern Italian port of Corigliano, Italy. AP

In this Jan. 3, 2015 file photo, migrants wait after disembarking from the cargo ship Ezadeen, carrying hundreds of migrants, in the southern Italian port of Corigliano, Italy. AP

MILAN— The Italian coast guard says 27 migrants have died at sea from hypothermia while traveling from North Africa to Italy aboard a smuggler’s life raft.

Italian Coast Guard commander Filippo Marini said Monday the victims were among more than 100 people packed aboard an inflatable life raft who were trying to cross the Mediterranean in rough seas and freezing temperatures. The migrants had summoned help via satellite telephone 100 miles (160 kilometers) off the coast of the southern Italian island of Lampedusa.

ADVERTISEMENT

Since the beginning of 2014, more than 150,000 migrants have arrived in Italy on unseaworthy boats, many refugees of war and conflict.

FEATURED STORIES

Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Coast Guard, Hypothermia, North Africa, Smuggler
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.


© Copyright 1997-2020 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.