evening, 5th September, the attention of those on Lampedusa was caught by an 8 metre sailing boat drifting in front of
the commercial port. There was nobody aboard. Panic momentarily spread among some
of the island’s inhabitants who owned similar vessels, as there was the
possibility that the boat could have been theirs.
later, the police arrived on the scene and confirmed that migrants had arrived
on the boat. 18 Tunisians who had travelled on the boat were later tracked
down. The migrants were transferred to the CSPA (First Reception Centre) at