African migrant DROWNS in Venice’s Grand Canal in an apparent suicide as hundreds of people watch and refuse to jump in to save him

  • Pateh Sabally, a 22-year-old Gambian, was seen jumping into the water from pier
  • Hundreds of people witnessed the jump and at least three life rings were thrown 
  • He refused to hold on to them, raising speculation he wanted to commit suicide
  • No-one jumped in to help him and racist abuse was allegedly shouted at him 
  • Italian magistrates have now opened an investigation into the incident

 

The young migrant, named as Pateh Sabally, a 22-year-old Gambian, was seen jumping into the water from a pier and swimming to the middle of the large canal.

A migrant from Africa has drowned in Venice‘s Grand Canal as tourists and locals filmed the apparent suicide on their phones.

The young migrant, named as Pateh Sabally, a 22-year-old Gambian, was seen jumping into the water from a pier and swimming to the middle of the large canal.

Hundreds of people witnessed the leap and at least three life rings were thrown into the water near the man, but he refused to hold on to them, raising speculation he wanted to commit suicide. No-one jumped in to help him.

Hundreds of people witnessed the leap and at least three life rings were thrown into the water near the man, but he refused to hold on to them, raising speculation he wanted to commit suicide. No-one jumped in to help him

Italian magistrates have opened an investigation into the incident after a video of the scene was posted on the Internet amid claims were shouting racist abuse.

The recording appears to pick up some bystanders yelling at the flailing man. ‘He is stupid. He wants to die,’ says one person.

One person allegedly shouted: ‘Go on, go back home.’

In the video, onlookers start to laugh and one man can be heard saying, ‘Let him die at this point.’

 

 

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