Tanker carries 221 shipwreck survivors to safety in Italy

Tanker carries 221 shipwreck survivors to safety in Italy
# 04 June 2016 22:26 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. A Norwegian tanker carrying 221 migrants who survived a shipwreck Friday is expected to arrive shortly at the Italian port of Augusta on the island of Sicily, APA reports quoting Reuters.

The Greek coast guard says Saturday the unnamed ship is also carrying the body of a migrant who drowned in Friday's shipwreck of a smuggling boat that sank in the southern Mediterranean Sea.

The other 97 survivors of the shipwreck and the bodies of 9 other victims are being taken back to Egypt by Egyptian ships.

According to information from survivors, about 350 people boarded the smuggling boat that sank off Egypt. Egyptian authorities are still searching for those

missing.

The human trafficking route from North Africa to southern Europe has claimed the lives of over 1,000 migrants in the last two weeks.

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