Two migrants dead, eight missing off Sardinia

Posted Nov 17, 2018 by AFP
Two migrants have drowned off the coast of Sardinia and another eight are missing after they tried to swim to land from their drifting boat, the coastguard said on Saturday.
File photo: Migrants arrive in the port of Cagliari  Sardinia  on May 26  2016  two days after being...
File photo: Migrants arrive in the port of Cagliari, Sardinia, on May 26, 2016, two days after being rescued near the Libyan coasts
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The bodies of two migrants have been recovered off the coast of Italy's Sardinia, with eight others reportedly missing, emergency services said on Saturday.

A wooden boat with 13 Algerians on board lost power on Thursday. The migrants called for assistance, but before help came, 10 of them decided to try to swim to land, Italian media reported.

The Italian coastguard found three people aboard the drifting boat near the island of Toro, and later recovered two bodies.

They are still searching for the other eight migrants.

Italian government figures say that 1,167 Algerian migrants have arrived in Italy so far this year.