An old fishing boat, only 20 meters long but packed with as many as 950 would-be migrants from Libya, sank off the coast of Italy on April 18, 2015. A year later the Italian government is trying to recover and identify the bodies now trapped under 400 meters of water.
This 20-meter fishing boat sank on April 18, 2015, with as many as 950 people onboard. Only 28 survived.
The dead were migrants trying to reach Europe.
An ROV laid a wreath of flowers on behalf of the Italian government.
SOT with subtitling 0:40 Impresub is one of the, maybe the oldest Italian diving company in the field, in this type of work: commercial, industrial, deep-sea.
Impresub is using its vessel, the Ievoli Ivory, equipped with submersible ROVs to stabilize and lift the boat.
SOT 1:06 The system for recovery involves attaching and raising the ship by remote control of the underwater robotics guided with the use of cameras and electronic sensor systems and a hydraulic lifting system that will lift the wreck and bring it to the surface—if possible without damaging it.
SOT 4:24 There is a very delicate phase before the final transport—which is to look for bodies and to prevent any of them from falling off the wreck.
The Ievoli Ivory will lower the boat to a barge using this large, yellow platform, which will transport the bodies from the recovered boat to Sicily where forensic pathologists will identify as many as they can.
Producer: Eliene Augenbraun
Translator: Barbie Latza Nadeau
Video Courtesy of Italy Marina Militare