Search on for 8 missing Algerian migrants near Sardinia

Italy's coast guard is searching for eight Algerian migrants who apparently tried to swim to shore when the motor of their boat failed off Sardinia's southwest coast. (AFP)
Updated 17 November 2018
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Search on for 8 missing Algerian migrants near Sardinia

ROME: Italy's coast guard is searching for eight Algerian migrants who apparently tried to swim to shore when the motor of their boat failed off Sardinia's southwest coast.
The coast guard said in a statement Saturday that three people who decided to stay aboard the stranded boat and were rescued told authorities that 10 people in all had abandoned ship Thursday near Isola del Toro, an uninhabited rock off the Sardinian island of Sant'Antiochio.
The coast guard has already recovered two bodies. While Sicily is a close European destination for migrants departing from Libya, people leaving from Algeria typically head for Sardinia. The arrival of five boats carrying 63 people was reported in the last week.


13 young miners feared dead in India’s remote northeast

Updated 14 December 2018
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13 young miners feared dead in India’s remote northeast

  • Digging in the mine was banned four years ago, but illegal and unsafe activity by private landowners and the local community is rife
  • Rescuers would be able to reach those missing only after the water has been pumped out of the mine

GAUHATI, India: Police say 13 young miners are missing and feared dead following the collapse of a shaft and flooding of a coal mine they were illegally digging in India’s remote northeast.
The police control room says that efforts are being made to pump out water from the mine in Meghalaya state where the flooding took place two days ago.
Police said the digging in the mine was banned four years ago, but illegal and unsafe activity by private landowners and the local community is rife.
The police said rescuers would be able to reach those missing only after the water has been pumped out of the mine.
Demand for coal has increased in energy-hungry India. Coal mafia operations in mining areas have led to accidents.
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