A migrant rescue ship carrying 41 migrants enters the port of Lampedusa, Sicily [from our archives] | Photo: ANSA/ ELIO DESIDERIO
A migrant rescue ship carrying 41 migrants enters the port of Lampedusa, Sicily [from our archives] | Photo: ANSA/ ELIO DESIDERIO

A boat with 48 migrants onboard has reached Lampedusa without aid. According to witness reports, the migrants traveled for two days after leaving Libya and several people, including a five-month old baby boy, died at sea.

The 48 migrants reached the southern Italian island of Lampedusa on a wooden dinghy. Nobody intercepted them before they entered Italian territorial waters. 

Volunteers of the Federation of Evangelical Churches in Italy who aided the migrants were told by the survivors that they travelled for two days after leaving Libya and that a few people, including a five-month-old and a 30-year-old man, fell into the water and drowned. These reports have not been officially confirmed.

'Many of the survivors were seriously dehydrated'

The survivors are 27 women, three of whom are pregnant, six children and 15 men. Volunteers said they were in overall poor condition when they reached the island. 

"Many of the survivors were seriously dehydrated while others had respiratory problems due to the engine's exhaust fumes," they explained. Doctors in Lampedusa gave them liquids and oxygen. The most serious cases were transferred to a medical facility on the island.

 

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