Commemoration ceremony for 69th anniversary of Gozo sea tragedy
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The 69th anniversary of Jum it-Tragedja, was commemorated in Gozo during a ceremony held at sea on Sunday morning.
The ceremony commemorated of the worst sea tragedies in Gozo, when on the 30th of October 1948, 24 persons drowned near the shores of Gozo as they were crossing from Malta.
The Minister for Gozo, Dr Justyne Caruana, presided over the ceremony which included a Mass on board the MV Gaudos at the site of the shipwreck. The Minister was accompanied by her husband, Deputy Police Commissioner Silvio Valletta.
Dr Caruana greeted relatives of the victims as they came on board the boat for the commemoration ceremony.
As a sign of remembrance and respect, the Minister for Gozo, relatives of some of the victims, as well as distinguished guests, cast flowers into the sea at the spot where the tragedy occurred.
This was the greatest tragedy that occurred in Gozo after World War II, and 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 came to an abrupt end when the boat overturned when it was near to Hondoq ir-Rummien bay, only four of the passengers survived by swimming to shore.
Photographs: MGOZ/Terry Camilleri