The statements of the commander of the Crotone Coast Guard, Vittorio Aloi, on the sea conditions to save the migrants have fueled the controversy over the delay in organizing the rescue of the Turkish ship that sank in the early hours of Sunday morning, with at least 180 migrants on board. The bodies recovered total 67, and there are still dozens missing. Immigration Minister Matteo Piantedosi has been accused of inhumanity for stating that “desperation can never justify travel conditions that endanger the lives of children.” The opposition has strongly attacked the minister and called for his resignation.
The fisherman, Antonio Cambiarati, who discovered the shipwreck, has declared that he saw corpses among the four-meter waves and picked up a six- or seven-year-old girl who was still breathing but died immediately on the beach. The magistracy will have to reconstruct what happened on that hellish night and why the rescue operation was delayed. The chief prosecutor of Crotone, Giuseppe Capoccia, acknowledged that the rescue could have been carried out and declared that everything will be reconstructed. The Prime Minister, Giorgia Meloni, asked Minister Piantedosi to give convincing explanations and stressed that it is a moral duty to avoid other disasters. The minister has defended the Coast Guard, which did not intervene because a Frontex plane spotted the boat after 22:00 on Saturday and did not signal that there was danger. In addition, the weather conditions were particularly adverse.
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