(MILAN, Italy.) JUST IN: Coast Guard Report: That at least 9-illegal migrants have died and so far 22-rescued on boat that capsized Sunday night off Lampedusa that it was carrying around 50 as the search continues for any other survivors #AceNewsDesk

#AceNewsReport – Oct.07: The Italian Coast Guard says at least nine people have died when a migrant boat capsized near the island of Lampedusa as they were about to be rescued. Twenty-two people were saved: The Coast Guard said Monday the overpacked smugglers’ boat overturned as a patrol was boarding migrants some 6 miles off Lampedusa just after midnight…………….Authorities said 22 migrants were rescued from the sea, and nine bodies were recovered. The search is underway for more missing………………Initial reports by authorities in Sicily who received the distress call put the number of migrants on board at around 50.

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07/10/2019, 10:12 🔴BREAKING: #OceanViking has been tasked by Italian maritime authorities to assist in the active search for survivors of last night’s tragic #shipwreck off #Lampedusa. pic.twitter.com/NrxR7wZkyw

The U.N. migration agency said the boat had set sail from Tunisia and had been carrying Tunisian and west African migrants: Vessels from the coastguard and customs police had reached the vessel, which overturned in rough seas about six nautical miles from the coast of Lampedusa, the coastguard said in a statement. Nine bodies had been recovered, it added.

“This highlights once again that urgent action is needed to address the situation in the Mediterranean,” said Charlie Yaxley, a spokesperson for the United Nations’ refugee agency, the UNHCR.

“More than 1,000 people have died on the Mediterranean this year alone, most on the route from Libya to Europe,” he said.

The Italian interior ministry says some 7,939 migrants have reached Italy by boat so far this year, down 63% on the same period in 2018 and 93% on 2017 levels.

#AceNewsDesk reports …………….Published: Oct.07: 2019:

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