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7 October 2019 At least 13 people die in a shipwreck few miles off Lampedusa

On 7 October, Italian authorities announced that at least 13 people died few miles off the coasts of the Italian island of Lampedusa. About 50 migrants from Tunisia and sub-Saharan countries were trying to reach Lampedusa when they issued a mayday call during the night because of bad sea conditions. When the Guard Coast arrived to rescue them, the boat had already capsized and only 22 people could be saved. Italian judiciary authorities opened an investigation while search operations are continuing in order to recover migrants’ bodies. The previous day, the humanitarian NGO Proactiva Open Arms announced that one of its vessels rescued 40 migrants in Maltese territorial waters and on 7 October Valletta accepted to open its port to the Spanish NGO.