At least three migrants were killed, and another is missing after their boat caught fire, Sunday, August 30, off the coast of Italy, as seen in Italian Coast Guard footage.
READ MORE: Italian police say at least three migrants were killed, six were injured and one is missing after their boat caught fire Sunday in the Ionian Sea, off the coast of Italy.
Coast Guard video shows the boat in flames and sailors frantically yelling instructions as they try to rescue the migrants in the water.
Police said the ship’s engine caught fire and exploded, as it was being navigated into port. It is unclear exactly how many migrants were originally on the boat. Media reports said about 21 migrants were on board when the boat arrived, but 13 of them had already been escorted on shore by the Italian police before the fire.
ANSA news agency reported that the police were escorting the boat with the remaining migrants to the port of Crotone in Calabria when the fire occurred.