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Captain in Lampedusa boat tragedy arrested

Captain in Lampedusa boat tragedy arrested
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The captain of the migrant boat that sank of the coast off the Italian island of Lampedusa has been arrested.

Tunisian Bensalem Khaled could face charges of murder, causing a shipwreck and aiding illegal immigration.

At least 250 bodies have been recovered from the wreckage, but dozens of African migrants are still unaccounted for – feared to be trapped in the hull of the boat.

Teame, a survivor from Eritrea, described what happened: “We were 520 persons, with between 80 and 90 women and around 15 children. It took us 24 hours by boat from Tripoli. Water started to get on the boat.”

Teame continued: “The captain started a fire to call for a rescue, but it was near the engine and the fire just erupted everywhere. People were jumping in the water, they were shocked. Two ships passed but didn’t rescue us. Some people were able to swim while others were drowning. It was a tragedy.”