Commemoration held to mark the anniversary of Gozo sea tragedy
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On Sunday morning ‘Jum it-Tragedja’ was commemorated to mark the 65th anniversary of one of the worst sea tragedies, which caused the drowning of 22 Gozitans and 1 Maltese person near the shores of Gozo as they were crossing from Malta to Gozo on the 30th of October 1948.
A Mass was held on board the Gozo Channel ferry MV Gaudos, led by Fr Michael Xuereb and Mons. Dr Joe Vella Gauci on the site of the shipwreck.The Congregation was Presided over by the Minister for Gozo, Dr. Anton Refalo and Mrs Refalo. Also present were the Parliamentary Secretary Dr. Franco Mercieca, Dr. Justyne Caruana MP, the Gozo Channel chairman Mr Joe Cordina and distinguished guests and relatives of victims of the tragedy.
The shipwreck, which was the worst post war sea tragedy in Gozo, occurred when notwithstanding severe weather conditions, a luzzu tried to make the crossing from Marfa to Gozo, carrying several passengers among whom were two policemen, a woman and two members of the crew.
This crossing was abruptly brought to an end when the boat overturned as it was near Hondoq ir-Rummien bay, only four of the passengers survived by swimming over to the shore.
As a sign of respect, relatives of some of the victims, as well as distinguished guests, cast flowers into the sea at the spot where the tragedy occurred.
The Gozo Culture Office, within the Ministry for Gozo, distributed the 9th edition of a commemorative post-card remembering this tragedy. This year’s post card depicts the shipwreck of the vessel Royal Lady which occurred on the 6th May 1942.
The remembrance of this day, is organized by the National and Regional Celebrations Committee in the Ministry for Gozo.