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Icelandic Sailor Missing in Sicily

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Icelandic Sailor Missing in Sicily

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Archive photo. Photo: Geir Ólafsson.

An Icelandic crew member of a Norwegian supply vessel docked in Sicily has been missing since early Monday morning, RÚV reports. He was seen leaving the ship at 3:30 am Monday where it was docked in Catania, Sicily, and hasn’t been heard from since. It’s not known where he was headed, and Italian police do not exclude the possibility of foul play.

The sailor, Benjamín Ólafsson, 23, resides in Norway. Italian police are conduction a search on land and sea in cooperation with Norwegian police officers aboard Siem Pilot and the Norwegian National Criminal Investigation Service, according to Frontex, the European Union border control agency. Benjamín was taking part in Operation Triton aboard the Norwegian ship—an operation coordinated by Frontex.

Siem Pilot has helped rescue 6,500 migrants in the Mediterranean since its deployment by Frontex in June of this year. The ship was supposed to leave harbor yesterday, on a search and rescue mission in the Mediterranean, but departure was delayed indefinitely. Right now, the crew is taking part in the search for Benjamín.

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