Lampedusa mayor Totò Martello | Photo: Ruggero Farkas/ANSA
Lampedusa mayor Totò Martello | Photo: Ruggero Farkas/ANSA

The mayor of Lampedusa, Totò Martello has announced a clear-up of migrant boats around the Sicilian island of Lampedusa.

The Lampedusan authorities announced a clearance of migrant boats on and around their island.

Lampedusan mayor Totò Martello explained that the Customs Agency had ordered a complete clear up and that in the space of a few weeks, the port of Lampedusa had been cleared of the larger boats used by migrants to reach Lampedusa from the coasts of North Africa.

Seabed cleared too

Martello added that the seabed near the island had also been cleared of "mechanical parts and other materials from these vessels."

Most of the large boats were removed in February with the use of a pontoon and a tugboat. Now, following this section initiative, other vessels have been removed too. Thanks to the work of divers the seabed in the port has also been cleared of relics and material of various sorts, especially in the area in front of the Favaloro wharf.

"I would like to thank the Customs Agency," Martello said, "for having accepted the requests I sent repeatedly in order to activate and complete this important action to clean the environment, which is necessary to restore the security of the port area, making it safe for boats to enter and in order to protect our sea."


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