Italian police on Sunday corrected a report that a record 400 migrants had landed on a beach in Sicily, saying the number was only about 70, ANSA news agency reported.
A wooden fishing boat about 10 meters (35 feet) long was found on the beach near the town of Agrigento in southern Sicily, and a search of coastguards supported by helicopters failed to find the larger ship they were looking for at sea, AFP reported.
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The witness had previously told the security forces that 400 migrants had arrived in two ships.
The mayor of the nearest village spoke with several migrants, then told reporters that around 300 migrants might have arrived, and they might all be Tunisians.
Migrants leave the coast in small groups, leaving across the island, local press reports say.
Some stopped motorists from asking for water or riding, Agrigento Notizie said.
Thousands of young Tunisians try to cross the sea which is often deadly to Europe every year, driven by high unemployment at home.
EEC reported Earlier this month, citing a local report, that Tunisian migrant groups managed to reach Italy when an organized network exploited the current situation for more traffic while the authorities were busy with corona virus and lockdown.
Smaller groups, mostly from Libya, come more often.
According to Interior Ministry figures on Friday, 4,445 migrants have arrived in Italy since the beginning of the year.
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