A boat carrying 840 sub-Saharan asylum seekers from Libya reached Lampedusa on 22 June. According to media reports this landing constitutes the largest single landing of a migrant boat on Lampedusa, though boats carrying larger numbers of persons have arrived elsewhere. Among the 840 persons were 117 women and 28 children. 932 migrants landed in Pozzallo, Ragusa, several weeks ago. Because the 20-metre long boat was dangerously overcrowded and unstable, Italian authorities boarded the vessel as it approached Lampedusa in order to redistribute weight and to steer the boat into the harbour in an effort to prevent the vessel from capsizing.
Boat Carrying 840 Migrants Arrives in Lampedusa
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