Monday, April 20, 2015

Italian Coast Guard Bruno Gregoretti in Valletta Port

Italian Coast Guard supply vessels Bruno Gregoretti (CP 920) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning with the corpses of 24 migrants who perished in one of the biggest ever tragedies in the Mediterranean Sea. The corpses will be taken to Mater Dei Hospital morgue for autopsies and later burial. Magisterial inquiries will be held in Italy and Malta. The Italian Coast Guard vessel berthed at Boiler Wharf, Senglea, where Maltese and Italian officials were waiting. CP 920 is also carrying 28 survivors, all men, who will be taken to Italy.

Gian Luigi Bove, captain of the Gregoretti said it was believed that the migrants' boat capsized at about 7pm on Saturday. The Gregoretti arrived at about 2am on Sunday. Other vessels arrived earlier. There was no sign of the migrants' boat. He said that whenever his crew went on such missions they always hoped to find everyone alive. In this case they directly rescued two people and then found a number of bodies. The other survivors were then transferred from a merchant ship. The survivors, all sub-saharan men, appeared relieved to be rescued, but grief was all over their face, he said. (Source: timesofmalta.com, 20-Apr-2015)