The bodies of two Gambian migrants from Niumi Kanuma, have been recovered from the sea of Catanzaro Lido in Italy.

According to Alladin Fatty, a Gambian migrant in the area, the two young men went missing in the waters of Catanzaro Lido.

“It all started when a ball went into the water and, in an attempt to recover it, they drowned,” Fatty told The Migrant Project. The deceased were both 25 years old.

According to a firsthand account, one of the two men dove into the water but didn’t resurface, probably because of the currents. Subsequently, the other young man dove into the water in an attempt to help him, Fatty explained.

It was reported that divers and ground crew from the Reggio Calabria fire brigade and naval vessels from the Port Authority, the Carabinieri, the police and staff of the 118 emergency services all intervened. A helicopter from the Civil Protection department was also involved in the search, which lasted for almost 24 hours before the bodies were recovered.

In other news, a 25-year-old Gambian migrant named Lamin Manneh from Badibu has been reported missing in Libya.