MILAN (AP) — Two Italian intelligence agents and a retired Israeli agent were among four dead when a sudden storm sank a barge rented for a pleasure cruise this weekend on a lake in northern Italy , authorities said on Tuesday.
The Israeli Foreign Ministry on Tuesday confirmed the death of an Israeli citizen, saying he was a retiree from the Israeli security forces. He did not provide a name or age or give details of what he had done professionally.
A government official overseeing the Italian secret service, Alfredo Mantovano, expressed his condolences for the deaths of two agents, a man and a woman, who were on board.
The fourth victim was identified as a Russian woman who was part of the two-person crew.
Police said on Tuesday they had no further information about the identities or occupations of the 19 other people on board when the boat capsized off the town of Lisanza, at the southern end of the lake which extends north into Switzerland. Some survivors managed to swim to shore, while others were picked up by other boats.
According to the media, the boat traveled to the islands of the lake and stopped for lunch in the Piedmont region.