- Posted October 13, 2013 by
A voyage of hope and death
- sarahbrowngb, CNN iReport producer
The AFM and Italian rescue services then proceeded in a joint action. The Italian rescue services saved 56 people, including nine children. The AFM saved 146 people, including 14 children.
Yesterday the Maltese armed forces' patrol boat P-61 brought ashore 147 shipwrecked asylum seekers, after a 10-hour journey from where tragedy struck at a point 61 nautical miles south of the Italian island of Lampedusa.
The Armed Forces of Malta recoverd four dead bodies, comprising an adult woman, an 11-year-old, and two toddlers. Current figures of the dead are believed to now total 34.
As many as 50 migrants are feared dead from a total of 250 migrants, including Syrians and Palestinians, who set out of Libya to make the treacherous Mediterranean crossing.
An Italian doctor was on board the Maltese rescue boat, with Mater Dei Hospital on full alert due to the fact that some of the migrants were feared might not even survive the journey. The mortuary at the former general hospital, St Luke's Hospital was prepared in case capacity at Mater Dei was exceeded.
The Maltese and Italian forces are still trying to recover corpses from the sea.
The Maltese prime minister was in contact with his Italian counterpart Enrico Letter yesterday evening, to demand a joint call for action from the EU over the migrants' crossings.
This was the second tragedy in as many as 10 days, the first taking place off Lampedusa and leaving over 200 dead.