On July 1, a Corrubia-class patrol boat of the Guardia di Finanza (GdF), an Italian law enforcement agency under the authority of the Minister of Economy and Finance, sank in the Mediterranean Sea after a fire.
The boat, G.94 Cappelletti, reportedly sank in the waters between Bianco and Roccella Jonica, in the province of Reggio Calabria.
The fire broke out in the engine room before spreading out. The crew abandoned the 27-meter long boat after failing to put down the fire. They were all rescued by other boats of the GdF.
Corrubia-class patrol boats are built of composite materials. The boats of this class has a range of 700 nautical miles and a top speed of 43 knots. The main armament of Corrubia-class boats is a single-barreled 30 mm Breda machine gun.
According to Crotone News, G.94 Cappelletti was patrolling the waters to intercept migrant’s boats, which began to reach Calabrian coasts in the recent days, when the fired broke out.
Officials from the Italian Ministry of the Interior in charge of migration policies expect 70,000 migrants to arrive from North Africa coastline by the end of 2021. At least 30,000 are expected to come from Libya.
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