Two Italian and one Israeli spies die in shipwreck on Italian lake

Four people, including two Italian intelligence agents and a former member of the Israeli security forces, were killed when a tourist boat capsized on Lake Maggiore in northern Italy on Sunday, authorities said Monday.

The 16-meter-long boat capsized Sunday afternoon off Lisanza, at the southern end of the lake, after being caught by a sudden storm and strong winds.

“The bodies of four people have been found,” a spokesman for the fire department, Luca Cari, told AFP.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry indicated that one of the deceased is an Israeli citizen, in his fifties, a “former member of the Israeli security forces.”

Two other of the deceased are Italians — a 62-year-old man and a 53-year-old woman — who worked in their country’s intelligence services and who were on a private trip, according to a statement from Italian security services.

According to the media, the fourth victim is a 50-year-old Russian woman, a companion of the ship’s captain.

The president of the Lombardy region, Attilio Fontana, lamented on Sunday night “a very serious incident”, caused by a “whirlpool”.

According to the local press, some 20 survivors were rescued from the water by other boats or managed to swim to shore.

The ship was carrying Italian and foreign tourists and quickly sank, according to local press.

Lake Maggiore is located in the southern Alps and is a very popular tourist destination in the area.

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