The captaincy of the port of Crotona assures that the migrants from the shipwreck of Calabria could have been saved | International
The hours pass and the migrants killed in the shipwreck last Sunday in Calabria continue to increase. On Wednesday, the day the funeral chapel installed in the Crotona Sports Palace was opened, the rescue services found body number 67 —belonging to a child— in an operation that is not yet concluded and is under suspicion. The general impression, four days after the tragedy, is that not all available means were used to help the boat loaded with more than 180 people, whose presence was reported more than six hours before the shipwreck. The crossfire has reached Parliament, where the Minister of the Interior, Matteo Piantedosi, has had to explain the sequence of six hours in which no type of relief operation was activated.
The first version of the rescue indicated that bad weather had prevented the departure of the boats that carry out these operations. But on Wednesday morning, the head of the Crotona port captaincy, Vittorio Aloi, denied that the storm was a sufficient impediment to the rescue. "We are aware that the sea on Sunday was force 4, but larger boats could have sailed up to force 8. No alarm was communicated to us." This statement would confirm negligence in the process of detecting the vessel and the danger it posed to its passengers. The problem now is to elucidate the origin of this information short circuit.
Frontex, the European agency that deals with border control, sighted from one of its planes at 10:23 p.m. on Saturday the vessel 40 miles (64.3 kilometers) from the Italian coast. A few days later, he notified the Italian authorities, who have now communicated that they only received information about the ship, its "good seaworthiness" and the possibility that there were other people hiding inside the hold. The agency, on the other hand, assured on Tuesday that it had warned of the overload of the ship.
No rescue procedure
In any case, at no time was a rescue procedure activated and Italy sent only two customs police boats that came slightly close to the vessel. The storm and a problem of lack of fuel forced them to return to port. Until minutes before five in the morning, when the shipwreck had already occurred and the migrants were scattered in the sea, there was no other intervention.
Join EL PAÍS to follow all the news and read without limits.
The Crotona prosecutor, who is trying to reconstruct the case to determine if there was negligence in the operation, said on Wednesday that "nobody declared the emergency and, therefore, a rescue operation was never launched." That already seems an irrefutable fact. But he added more. "I don't see such a crime scenario, but I think the role of Frontex should be reconsidered." The Minister of the Interior, Matteo Piantedosi, also assured that there was no type of ransom request from the migrants' boat. Everyone seems to agree, however, that those 67 victims could have been prevented.
Follow all the international information on Facebook and Twitteror in our weekly newsletter.
Subscribe to continue reading
Read without limits
- Allow me to introduce myself. I am Nathan Rivera, a dedicated journalist who has had the privilege of writing for the online newspaper Today90. My journey in the world of journalism has been a testament to the power of dedication, integrity, and passion.
My story began with a relentless thirst for knowledge and an innate curiosity about the events shaping our world. I graduated with honors in Investigative Journalism from a renowned university, laying the foundation for what would become a fulfilling career in the field.
What sets me apart is my unwavering commitment to uncovering the truth. I refuse to settle for superficial answers or preconceived narratives. Instead, I constantly challenge the status quo, delving deep into complex issues to reveal the reality beneath the surface. My dedication to investigative journalism has uncovered numerous scandals and shed light on issues others might prefer to ignore.
I am also a staunch advocate for press freedom. I have tirelessly fought to protect the rights of journalists and have faced significant challenges in my quest to inform the public truthfully and without constraints. My courage in defending these principles serves as an example to all who believe in the power of journalism to change the world.
Throughout my career, I have been honored with numerous awards and recognitions for my outstanding work in journalism. My investigations have changed policies, exposed corruption, and given a voice to those who had none. My commitment to truth and justice makes me a beacon of hope in a world where misinformation often prevails.
At Today90, I continue to be a driving force behind journalistic excellence. My tireless dedication to fair and accurate reporting is an invaluable asset to the editorial team. My biography is a living testament to the importance of journalism in our society and a reminder that a dedicated journalist can make a difference in the world.
- Celebrities30/09/2023López Obrador announces more water supply for Ecatepec
- North America30/09/2023Fiesta DC was held successfully and overcame bad weather
- Celebrities30/09/202346 percent progress in suburban train expansion reported to AIFA
- Latin America30/09/2023Details revealed about medical transfer of leader Milagro Sala | News