Four feared dead after fishing boat capsizes

Four feared dead after fishing boat capsizes
The fishermen worked at a clam farm in Civitanova Marche. Photo: Enrico Pighetti
Two fishermen died and two others were missing, presumed dead, after their shellfish dredger capsized and sank off the east coast of Italy, local officials said on Friday.

The boat sank in rough seas on Thursday near the town of Civitanova Marche, where the six fishermen on board were working at a clam farm, Ansa reported.

Four of the men were rescued by another passing boat but two – Michele Fini, 25, from Cagnano Varano in Puglia, and 19-year-old Giorgio Toma Viorel, from Romania – later died of hypothermia.

Meanwhile, rescuers said on Friday that they had given up hope of finding two missing fishermen, 35-year-old Maroga Costeli and Simion Vasile, 39, both from Romania, alive, after rescue efforts were suspended because of bad weather.

The wreckage of the vessel, called Sparviero, has not yet been recovered.

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