Published: October 08, 2019
Migrants: 4 minors missing, including 2 kids, investigators Probe on smugglers' accomplices in Tunisia, Libya
(ANSAmed) - LAMPEDUSA (AGRIGENTO), OCTOBER 8 - Four minors are among migrants reported missing following a shipwreck in the night between Sunday and Monday off Lampedusa, and not eight as initially stated, investigators said on Tuesday after questioning several survivors.
Investigators said that the minors include an eight-month-old travelling with his mother and a two year-old, along with two teen girls. According to survivors, 52 left from Tunisia: 38 sub Saharan migrants from the Ivory Coast, Guinea and Cameroon boarded the boat in Libya while 14 Tunisians boarded the vessel in Sfax.
Seventeen are still missing, according to investigators, including the smuggler. Agrigento prosecutor Salvatore Vella and local police are continuing to question survivors to get more details on the shipwreck and to identify potential accomplices of the smugglers in Tunisia and Libya. Some of the migrants filmed part of the crossing before the tragedy: according to the photos and videos, the sea was calm at the time of departure.