Discussions continue as to why a rescue operation could not prevent the migrant tragedy that occurred in the country last Sunday, in which more than 60 people died.
Within the framework of the investigation initiated by the Crotone Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office regarding the incident, it was reported in the press that it requested information from the Italian Coast Guard Command and the Financial Police regarding the activities of the migrant boat in the hours before its sinking.
In some news in the Italian media yesterday, it was reported that a plane belonging to the European Union (EU) border protection agency Frontex detected the migrant boat at around 22.30 on Saturday, 25 February, but Italian security forces did not help the boat until 04.10 on Sunday, February 26, when the accident took place.
While Frontex announced that the necessary notification was made to Italy, the Italian Coast Guard Command stated that no dangerous situation was reported to them.
Meanwhile, according to the information in the Italian press, the Italian fire brigade, which participated in the search and rescue efforts in the region, recovered the body of one more immigrant from the sea, who lost his life in the disaster. Thus, the number of people who lost their lives increased to 68.
On the other hand, it was reported that Interior Minister Matteo Piantedosi, who wanted the resignation of the opposition and non-governmental organizations specialized in migration, will inform the lower and upper houses of the parliament about the incident next week.
President Mattarella went to the region to offer his condolences to the immigrants
President Sergio Mattarella went to the city of Crotone today after the migrant disaster and paid a condolence visit at the gym where the bodies were gathered.
Receiving information about the incident from the authorities, Mattarella held a moment of silence in front of the bodies.
As Mattarella left the hall, slogans such as “Justice, justice” and “We want the truth” came from the crowd waiting for him.