Shipwreck survivors arrive in Sicily’s Catania

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: The few survivors of what is feared to be the deadliest migrant shipwreck in the Mediterranean were brought ashore in Sicily’s Catania late on Monday (April

Shipwreck survivors arrive in Sicily’s Catania

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION)

STORY: The few survivors of what is feared to be the deadliest migrant shipwreck in the Mediterranean were brought ashore in Sicily’s Catania late on Monday (April 20) evening.

Twenty-seven of the 28 survivors arrived in the port of Catania aboard the coast guard ship Gregoretti which was returning to Italy from Malta, where the bodies of 24 victims were taken to earlier on Monday.

One of the survivors, a Bangladeshi man, was said to have been brought by helicopter to a hospital in Catania.

Three of the survivors left the ship, one in a wheelchair, before officials boarded the vessel to speak to the migrants.

Malta’s Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said as many as 900 people may have died in Sunday’s disaster. That is the highest death toll in modern times among migrants, who are trafficked in the tens of thousands in rickety vessels across the Mediterranean.

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