Boat Collapsed in Italy Included Some Pakistanis

59 people, including some Pakistani migrants, were killed when a boat carrying migrants capsized in Italy after hitting rocks.

A wooden sailing boat transporting migrants collapsed against rocks on the southern Italian shore early on Sunday, killing 59 people and a few children.

The boat, which had been carrying migrants from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, and other nations when it left Turkiye a few days prior, capsized in rough waves close to Steccato di Cutro, a coastal resort on Calabria’s eastern coast.

The mayor of Crotone, Vincenzo Voce, reported that there were 59 verified victims as of just a few minutes ago, while Manuela Curra, a representative of the regional government, reported that 81 people were alive and that 22 of them had been transferred to the hospital.

According to Curra, the ship left Izmir in eastern Turkey three or four days ago, and he added that according to survivors, there were between 140 and 150 people on board. She added that it was more challenging to determine the ethnicities of the deceased but that the survivors were largely from Afghanistan, with a small number also being from Pakistan and Somalia.

One survivor was detained on suspicion of trafficking in migrants, according to the Guardia di Finanza customs police.

A long stretch of the coastline was covered in the ruins of the timber Turkish sailing boat known as a gulet.

“Many of these migrants came from Afghanistan and Iran, fleeing conditions of great hardship”, stated Italian President Sergio Mattarella.

Very few of the kids reported that anyone who was on the boat survived, according to Ignazio Mangione, an official with the Italian Red Cross.

Giorgia Meloni, the prime minister of Italy, expressed “great grief” over the fatalities. She placed the blame on human smugglers and vowed to stop migrant boat departures to stop such tragedies.

Italian Interior Minister Matteo Piantedosi said in a separate statement that it was crucial to halting maritime crossings that, in his words, provide migrants with the “illusory dream of a better life” in Europe, benefit traffickers, and result in such tragedies.

Pope Francis, an outspoken supporter of immigration rights and the son of Italian immigrants to Argentina, said he was praying for everyone involved in the shipwreck.

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