West News Wire: According to local media, a boat that sank off the coast of Italy’s Lampedusa island on Wednesday is said to have carried at least 41 passengers. 

 The ANSA news agency said that four of the passengers informed rescuers they were on a boat that left from Sfax in Tunisia and sank on its way to Italy, citing reports from survivors. According to figures from the interior ministry, about 92,000 individuals have arrived in Italy by sea so far this year, compared to roughly 43,000 during the same period in 2022. 

According to the authorities, four survivors who were saved by a Maltese cargo ship and transported to Lampedusa by the Italian coastguard were in shock. 

Three children were among the 45 passengers on board, according to the survivors, three men and a woman from Guinea and Ivory Coast. Only 15 people were wearing safety vests when they drowned, according to the survivors. 

According to reports, the ship left last Thursday and travelled for around six hours before being capsized by a big wave. One of the riskiest migration routes in the world is the crossing of the Mediterranean. The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) reports that since 2014, about 28,000 people have vanished while attempting to cross the sea. 

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