Dozens of migrants have drowned in the Mediterranean after a boat carrying an estimated 137 people sank south of Sicily, Save the Children says. BBC reports:
The aid group says survivors reported up to 40 people fell into the sea as a rescue vessel was approaching. The survivors arrived in the city of Catania on Tuesday. At least 1,750 people have died this year trying to cross the Mediterranean, a 20-fold increase on the same period in 2014.
Giovanna di Benedetto, Save the Children’s representative in Catania, said the latest sinking is thought to have happened on Sunday, but the exact toll was not known. “They [survivors] said there were 137 people aboard an inflatable boat that deflated or exploded – it wasn’t clear – and that some of them fell overboard,” Ms di Benedetto told AFP news agency.
“Some said ‘very many’ died, others said ‘around 40’,” she added. The survivors were picked up by a Maltese merchant ship. About 100 people were found on a second boat, with no deaths reported, the aid agency added.