African refugee drowns in Venice as tourists film on phones while laughing and making racist remarks

Date: 
January, 2017
Country: 
Italy

An investigation has been opened after an African refugee drowned in Venice's Grand Canal as onlookers watched from nearby boats and filmed him with their phones.

Footage shows the man, named as 22-year-old Gambian Pateh Sabally, flailing in the middle of the canal.

At least three life rings were thrown into the water near him, but he did not appear to reach for them, raising speculation he wanted to kill himself.

No one jumped in to help him.

In the video, some bystanders can be heard yelling at the man.

"He is stupid. He wants to die," one person says.

"Go on, go back home," another shouted, The Times reports.

One man is allegedly heard to say: "Let him die at this point."

“I don’t want to blame anyone but maybe something more could have been done to save him,” said Dino Basso, the local head of the Italian association of lifeguards.

Source: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/african-man-drowns-venice...