A tourist boat capsized in one Italian media reported that a storm broke over Lake Maggiore in northern Lombardy on Sunday, killing at least one person.
Authorities were searching for several people who were still missing after a sudden hurricane capsized a boat carrying more than 20 tourists and crew, ANSA news agency said.
Italian firefighters said 19 of the 25 people on board were rescued.
Most managed to swim ashore between the towns of Lisanza and Piccaluga and were rescued by other boats.
Two people were hospitalized in “moderately critical” condition, three were admitted in “not very critical” condition and 15 were treated at the scene and required no further treatment.
Rescue operations continue with divers, boats, a helicopter and 118 ambulances on site.
A firefighter’s video showed pieces of wood floating in the lake as a helicopter flew overhead.
The cyclone was part of a storm system that slammed into Lombardy on Sunday, causing delays at Malpensa Airport.
The alarm was raised after passengers aboard a nearby boat saw people in the water, La Repubblica reports.
Lake Maggiore is Italy’s second largest lake and a popular destination for British tourists.
Lombardy President Attilio Fontana said in a statement: “Unfortunately, there is news of some missing people.” A hurricane caused a very serious accident.
“Firefighters from the Milan Diving Unit are on scene along with the Coast Guard, Air Rescue and Areu Ambulance.”
“I am following the updates from the rescue teams on the ground with concern, for which I am grateful.”
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