Underwater image shows African couple who drowned after boat to Italy sank off the coast of Tripoli died in a loving embrace

Underwater image shows couple drowned in loving embrace
Tragic: The drowned couple clinging together (Picture: Repubblica TV)


A young couple who drowned when their boat sank off the coast of Tripoli last autumn died locked together in a loving embrace, an image shows.

Underwater footage shows the pair clinging to each other in the shadow of the ship.

A total of 366 people died when a migrant ship from Africa to Italy caught fire and sank last September.

But footage of the deceased didn’t emerge until another shipwreck off the coast of Lampedusa led to police divers exploring the wreckage.

The images the divers captured recall the horror of last autumn’s tragedy, with members of the rescue team describing it as ‘a cemetery in the sea.’

At the time, police diver Renato Sollustri told La Repubblica of his horror during the rescue efforts.

‘The divers still had ten minutes of oxygen left when they got through a wall of bodies to the last cabin in the bow and saw a mother with a baby bump.

‘It wasn’t until we passed the body to our colleagues in the boat that they made the shocking discovery – in her leggings was a newborn baby. None of us could believe it. We all began to cry – my mask was full of tears.’

Mr Sollustri had said he had never before lost his composure during his work.

‘It was a horrible job,’ he said.

Seventeen bodies have so far been recovered from the latest wreckage, while 206 were rescued by patrol boats and ships in international waters between Libya and Italy.

16 May 2014 | 11:52 am – Source: metro.co.uk

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