The vessel's arrival had been expected for several days as the boat had been spotted on course for Sicily by aircraft monitoring the waters. The operation was carried out by naval ships belonging to the Messina and Pozzallo coast guard.
It is presumed that those responsible for trafficking the migrants were aboard the ship as it would be near impossible to steer a boat of such size without a crew. An investigation is underway to identify those involved.
Giorgio Ruta and Andrea Scarfò