Two bodies found as Malta searches for five French tourists
Maltese rescuers recovered the bodies of two women wearing life jackets on Tuesday as they searched together with the US Navy and Italian coast guards for a boat carrying five French tourists.
The group, including two men, two women and a 14-year-old boy, have been missing since Sunday when they set off for the shore on a four-metre (13-foot) tender from their yacht, El Pirata, during a Mediterranean cruise.
The yacht was moored off the picturesque village of Dwejra in Gozo, one of three islands that make up the Maltese archipelago. The alarm was raised by the yacht's skipper, a Spaniard, who had remained on board the vessel.
Maltese authorities have requested assistance in their search from US Navy and Italian coast guard patrols. On Tuesday, a spokesman for the Maltese military said two bodies which have still not been identified had been found.
"We suspect that they might be two of the missing but now there will be a process of verification," said the spokesman for the military, which is in charge of coast guard patrols in the tiny Mediterranean island state.
© 2013 AFP