23:30 Another 250 immigrants landed in Lampedusa. Six small boats -with 48, 45, 44, 40, 39 and 34 people on board- rescued in the Sar area by the Port Authority and in waters off the island by the financial police. Today’s landings amount to 46 with a total of 2,033 people. Even newcomers were brought to the Imbriacola district access point.
22:00 The 41 migrants who were traveling in the same iron boat as the 13 recovered in the water, not far from the Lampedusa coast, by the Guardia di Finanza patrol boat also arrived at the Favarolo pier. In the small boat, which left Sfax in Tunisia, there were a total of 54 people. It is not clear why all 13 ended up at sea. They will be heard by the policemen of the Flying Squad, who are present at the access point 365 days a year, to try to reconstruct what really happened.
19.50 450 migrants have left the Lampedusa access point. After the transfer late in the morning of 249 with the scheduled ferry that had already arrived in Porto Empedocle, the Prefecture of Agrigento, according to Viminale, had the police accompany 150 immigrants, not photoreports, who are about to be embarked on a patrol boat of the yellow flames that will head towards Pozzallo. Instead, another 250 are about to start boarding the Cossydra line ferry that will arrive tomorrow at dawn in Porto Empedocle, while another 50, with a Guardia di Finanza patrol boat, will also be taken to Porto Empedocle. Prior to these moves, there were 2,911 guests at the Imbriacola district reception. Now, after the new arrivals, there are instead 2,768 migrants.
7:00 p.m. Eight landings, with a total of 341 migrants, occurred in less than an hour in Lampedusa. Without counting the 13 non-EU citizens rescued in the water at this time, the number of landings registered since midnight amounts to 39, with a total of 1,729 people. It is hell on the largest of the Pelagian islands, where the Guardia di Finanza and the Maritime Captaincy continue to come and go from the Favarolo dock. In the last boats hooked and rescued there were: 27, 52, 46, 42, 47, 45, 42 and 38 non-EU citizens, all of them set sail from Sfax in Tunisia.
18.15. Thirteen migrants were rescued in the waters off Lampedusa by soldiers from the Guardia di Finanza. They were in the water and at risk of sinking when the financiers spotted them and hauled them aboard patrol boat V1102. The 13, fearing they would need medical attention and treatment, were immediately transferred to the Favarolo pier. They were traveling along with 40 other migrants who, however, were still in the small boat and who were rescued by another patrol boat from the yellow flames. The group will meet directly at the Imbriacola district access point. The 13 are undergoing medical check-ups, but apparently there would be no emergencies.
4 p.m. More landings in Lampedusa where another 246 migrants have landed. The patrol boats of the Guardia di Finanza and the Port Authority rescued motorboats and boats, a total of 6, in which they were traveling. They rise to 31, with a total of 1,388 people, calls start at midnight. On the latest blocked boats, all of which left Sfax in Tunisia, there were from a minimum of 25 to a maximum of 50 people. Even those recently disembarked, after an initial health triage at the Favarolo pier, were taken to the access point of the Imbriacola district, where the guests numbered 2,833.
13:00 Another 168 immigrants, after the 4 boats with which they were heading to Lampedusa were blocked by the patrol boats of the Guardia di Finanza, disembarked at the Favarolo pier. go up to 25, starting at midnight, the landings on the largest of the Pelagia islands where 1,142 migrants have arrived. The four different groups, made up of 27 people, 88 (11 women), 41 (9 women and 2 minors) and 12, reported that they left from Sfax in Tunisia and from Zuwara in Libya. All of them, after an initial sanitary triage, were transferred to the access point of the Imbriacola contrada where 2,587 people are present.
Late in the morning, 249 were boarded on the Galaxy line ferry heading to Porto Empedocle. For the first hours of the afternoon, with a patrol boat of the yellow flames that will head towards Pozzallo, a new displacement of 150 guests from the first reception structure has been planned.
10 a.m. Still landing directly on the mainland of Lampedusa. There are 44 migrants who have been blocked by the carabinieri while walking along the Ponente road, near Tabaccara. The group should have disembarked near Cala Galera and two people appear to have stayed close to shore. Searches are being carried out both for the two hypothetical immigrants who stayed in Cala Galera and for the boat used for the journey departing from Sfax. Already during the night there had been three autonomous landings between the Madonnina pier and Cala Francese. With this port the number of landings since midnight rises to 21.
9 o’clock. Another 234 migrants, traveling in 6 small boats, were rescued by Coast Guard patrol boats CP305 and Guardia di Finanza V7007, between the Italian area of Sar and the waters off Lampedusa. On board the ships: 29, 46, 39, 41, 31 and 48 people left Sfax in Tunisia. go up to 20, starting at midnight, the landings on the largest of the Pelagia islands where, for the moment, 930 people have arrived. But there are more sightings and other “carts” that have already been hooked.
7:30 am 696 migrants disembarked overnight in Lampedusa. Fourteen, with a minimum of 27 people and a maximum of 133, the small boats that have been hooked or rescued in waters off the island or in the Sar zone. Yesterday 1,292 migrants arrived on the island with 26 different carts. At the access point of the Imbriacola district, despite the wave of transfers organized by the Agrigento Prefecture, there were 2,069 guests at dawn. Late in the morning, the police will escort 183 immigrants to the port who will be embarked on the Cossydra ferry that will go to Porto Empedocle. And for the night, an additional movement of 200 people was organized with the Galaxy motor ship.
Ten of the 14 small boats stranded overnight off Lampedusa set sail from Sfax in Tunisia, where they paid between 1,200 and a maximum of 2,500 Tunisian dinars each for the voyage. A 6-meter wooden boat, carrying 27 Tunisians, including 3 women, left Kerkenna, also in Tunisia, and the trip was much more expensive: 7,000 Tunisian dinars each. The other three tanks, with 56, 133 and 60 Bangladeshis, Moroccans, Somalis, Egyptians, Eritreans, Sudanese, Moroccans, Pakistanis, Syrians and Ghanaians, left instead from Zuara, Sabratha and Karabolli in Libya, paying between $3,500 and $4,500. and 12,000 Libyan dinars each. The three Libyan boats managed to reach the Lampedusa peninsula directly: the one with 56 migrants arrived at the Madonnina dock and the two, with 133 and 60, at Cala Francese.