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Migrants in the Mediterranean off Italy's coast: Fischer wanted to save the drowning


There were more and more dead: Here a fisherman describes his attempt to save drowning people. He pulled a child out of the water, it still had its eyes open. Who is to blame for the catastrophe?

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There is at least one piece of good news, almost a week after the great tragedy: the Italian coast guard rescued 211 migrants off the coast of Lampedusa on Friday.

About 15 miles off the coast of the Sicilian island of Lampedusa, she intercepted a distressed fishing boat with far too many people on board.

On the last weekend in February there was a devastating boat accident off the coast of Cutro in southern Italy.

A wooden boat with up to 200 migrants on board crashed into rocks just a few meters off the mainland.

The inmates came mainly from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Somalia and Syria.

At least 68 people died, including at least 16 minors, according to Italian authorities.

The fisherman Vincenzo Luciano had wanted to save the life of at least one of them.

Vincenzo Luciano, Fisherman:

»I pulled out a little boy.

I jumped into the water with my clothes on because I thought he was still alive.

He was two or three years old.

When I pulled him out of the water his eyes were open.

I thought: Maybe I can save him.

When I got out of the water with him, foam came out of his mouth.

I closed my eyes.

I'm so angry I couldn't save any of them."

Luciano was woken up by a friend in the night and immediately ran from his nearby house to the beach where the accident happened.

Luciano says he and his friend tried to pull more bodies out of the sea to prevent them from being washed back into the sea.

There were more and more dead.

Relatives of the victims traveled to the Calabrian city of Crotone after the accident, and Italian President Sergio Mattarella also bowed to the dead.

The coffins were lined up in a sports hall.

The right-wing Italian government has been criticized for its tough new laws against migrant rescue organizations.

In Rome, demonstrators demanded the resignation of Interior Minister Matteo Piantedosi after the accident.

In recent days, the fisherman helped Luciano recover more bodies on his beach.

He also believes that those responsible could have intervened earlier.

Vincenzo Luciano, Fischer:

»I couldn't sleep for three days and I didn't eat anything.

I'm tired and disappointed.

I'm not an expert, but I think something needs to be done.

This can not go on like this!

They were almost there, not even a hundred yards from shore.

They made it.

But I don't know if the rescuers could have saved her in this sea state.

There were at least four meter high waves.«

The public prosecutor's office is now investigating how the rescue services reacted to last weekend's boat disaster.

Italian media reports that the coast guard did not leave until the next morning after an emergency call.

Source: spiegel

All news articles on 2023-03-03

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