Bodies of migrants brought ashore

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Published: Monday 20th April 2015 by The News Editor

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The bodies of 24 victims of what is believed to be the Mediterranean’s worst migrant tragedy have been been brought ashore to Malta.

Italian coast guard ship Gregoretti dropped off the bodies early today before continuing on to Sicily with 28 survivors of the fishing boat that capsized near the Libyan coast.

It is believed that more than 900 migrants were on the smugglers’ boat – many locked in the hold. The dead will be buried in Malta.

One survivor who has already been brought to the Sicilian city of Catania has told prosecutors that there were 950 people on board the ship when it sank.

The International Organisation for Migration said that the survivor is a 32-year-old Bangladeshi. It said the information he provided to prosecutors still needs to be confirmed.

Published: Monday 20th April 2015 by The News Editor

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