At least ten migrants dead, dozens missing in two boat disasters off Italian coast

At least ten migrants died and dozens of others were missing in the Mediterranean after their boat flooded with water off the coast of Italy, a German charity said Monday. Nearly 60 migrants were missing after a separate shipwreck off Calabria, Italian media reported Monday.

Rescuers coming to the aid of migrants on a wooden boat off Lampedusa found 10 bodies below deck, the German aid group ResQship posted on X.

The crew aboard ResQship's vessel, the Nadir, "is currently caring for 51 people on board. The rescue came too late for 10 people," the German charity said.

"A total of 61 people were on the wooden boat, which was full of water. Our crew was able to evacuate 51 people, two of whom were unconscious – they had to be cut free with an axe," it said.

"The 10 dead are in the flooded lower deck of the boat," it added.

The charity said two of those who survived were unconscious and receiving medical attention, adding that they critically needed emergency evacuation.

ResQship gave no details about where or when the rescue operation took place, but according to the tracking service, the Nadir WAS off the eastern Tunisian port of Sfax on Monday.

Shipwreck off Calabria

The coastguard said that since last night it has been searching for "possible missing persons, following the shipwreck of a sailing boat with migrants on board, presumably departing from Turkey".

One of the surviving 12 died after disembarking, the coastguard said.

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