Tourist boat sinks on Lake Maggiore, with two dead and two missing – reportson May 28, 2023 at 10:09 pm

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Italy’s fire service says 19 people are rescued as a search continues for those reported missing.

Picture shared by Italy's fire serviceImage source, Vigili del Fuoco/Twitter

A boat carrying at least 20 people has overturned on Lake Maggiore in northern Italy.

Italian media is reporting that one person has died and at least three others are missing.

Italy’s fire service said 19 people were safe but that it was still searching for “some people reported to be missing”.

Rescue divers and a helicopter have been scrambled to help with the search at the lake’s southern end off Lisanza.

According to news site La Repubblica, the boat had been carrying 22 tourists who were celebrating a birthday when it capsized in bad weather on Sunday evening.

Everyone onboard went into the water but the 19 people who are safe swam ashore, other Italian media outlets reported.

Lake Maggiore is a popular destination for tourists and lies on the south side of the Alps.

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