41 migrants die after boat capsizes in Mediterranean
Published: 03:27 PM, 17 April 2021
At least 41 migrants have died on their way to the Italian island of Lampedusa in Europe after a boat capsized off the coast of Tunisia in the Mediterranean, confirmed Tunisian government authorities.
A spokesman of the government said the Tunisian National Coast Guard continues its search for the missing. “They were able to rescue three people alive.”
The boat sank off the coast of Tunisia on Friday while en route from Tunisia to the Lampedusa via the Mediterranean, Reuters reported, saying “The Coast Guard later recovered the bodies. The dead are all African citizens.”
“The boat started its journey from the coastal city of Sfax on Thursday night,” Mouard Mechri, director of the Tunisian Civil Protection Service, told Reuters. “The Coast Guard has recovered 41 bodies including a child. The rescue operation is still underway.”
People in conflict-ridden and poverty-stricken countries of Africa and the Middle East are losing their lives in migrating to Europe in the hope of a better life. The Tunisian port of Sfax has become their main route from Africa to Europe. More than 20,000 people have died trying to cross the Mediterranean into Europe since 2014.