A migrant boat sank yesterday just off shore of Pantelleria, an Italian island approximately 150 km northwest of Lampedusa. The boat was carrying approximately 250 people and ran around on rocks near the entrance to the port. The boat had been intercepted earlier in the night by an Italian naval vessel and was being escorted to Pantelleria. It is not clear why the migrant boat was unable to enter the harbour safely. Two young women died.