Italian coast guard recovers 12 additional bodies from sunk migrant boat off Calabria coast

The boat sank about 220 kilometers off the coast of Calabria on Sunday night. Twelve people were rescued, but one death was recorded after reaching land.
This photo taken and handout on June 17, 2024, by the Guarda Costiera, the Italian Coast Guards, shows a sailboat off the coast of Calabria. (Photo: AFP)
This photo taken and handout on June 17, 2024, by the Guarda Costiera, the Italian Coast Guards, shows a sailboat off the coast of Calabria. (Photo: AFP)

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – The Italian Coast Guard announced the recovery of 12 additional bodies after a migrant boat sank this week off the southern coast of Italy. More than 60 people, including many children, remain missing.

The boat sank about 220 kilometers off the coast of Calabria on Sunday night. Twelve people were rescued, but one death was recorded after reaching land.

According to Doctors Without Borders, at least 26 children, some as young as a few months old, are believed to have died in the incident. The Coast Guard reported on Thursday that they had recovered “an additional 12 bodies, including women and children” in the Ionian Sea.

In a separate incident, ten bodies were found in a migrant boat that crashed on Monday off the Italian island of Lampedusa, according to the German ResQship group.

The International Organization for Migration reported that about 3,155 migrants died or went missing in the Mediterranean last year, with over a thousand such incidents occurring this year alone.

The Central Mediterranean region, situated between the coasts of North Africa, Italy, and Malta, is the deadliest migration route in the world, accounting for 80 percent of deaths by drowning or disappearance.

Many migrants depart from Tunisia or Libya on boats headed for Europe, with Italy typically being their first stop.

The number of arrivals in Italy has significantly declined this year, with 24,100 people arriving so far compared to more than 57,500 during the same period in 2023, according to the Ministry of the Interior.