Italian newspapers published, on Tuesday, new details about a boat sinking in Lake Maggiore in the north of the country, due to bad weather, which killed four people.
The newspaper “Corriere della Sera” denied the initial information received and stated that those present were celebrating the birthday of one of them, and said that it was “a meeting between intelligence agents.”
She said that those present on the sunken tourist boat in Plasanza, a small village in Sesto Calende, were Italian and Israeli intelligence agents and were not present to celebrate the birthday of one of the passengers.
And the Italian newspaper “La Repubblica” announced that among the survivors, ten members of the Israeli intelligence were immediately transferred to Tel Aviv on a military plane.
She added that the Italian intelligence agents were also evacuated from the area so as not to leave any trace.
And the Italian newspaper “Varese News” revealed the names of the four victims, who are Shimoni Erez, an employee of the Israeli security services, at the age of 53, and Claudio Alonsi (62 years) and Tiziana Barnobi (53 years), who belong to the Italian intelligence service, and the fourth victim. She is the 50-year-old wife of the Russian boat owner Anna Bouzkova.
The 16-metre long boat capsized on Sunday evening off Lisanza at the southern end of the lake when a storm suddenly hit.
According to the new information, the sunken boat had a capacity of 15 people, except that about 20 individuals, including officers and members of the Israeli and Italian intelligence services, former and current, were on board.
According to media reports, first aid was given to all survivors and a number of them were taken to hospital in Varisoto.
The Ibri website stated that the identity of the Israeli officer who died in the incident will not be published due to his security past.
He pointed out that he was a genius in his field, and that those around him are aware of very little about his intelligence life.
And the president of the Lombardy region, Attilio Fontana, spoke on Sunday evening of a “very serious accident” caused by a “tornado”.
A video clip filmed by the firefighters showed a search helicopter flying over raging waters, with chairs and debris floating on it.
Lake Maggiore, located in the south of the Alps, is the second largest lake in Italy and a popular tourist destination.