Up to 40 migrants die after boat deflates during Mediterranean crossing


CATANIA, Sicily, May 5 (UPI) — Dozens of migrants drowned after their boat deflated while crossing the Mediterranean Sea toward Europe on Sunday, according to a human rights group.


Save the Children, an international non-governmental organization that promotes children’s rights, says survivors reported about 40 migrants falling into the sea when an inflatable boat carrying approximately 137 people deflated.

Some survivors, many of whom were brought to the Sicilian port city of Catania on Tuesday, reported hearing an explosion before the vessel sunk.

The report comes two days after the Italian and French navies were reported to have rescued up to 3,700 migrants near the coast of Libya in 17 different operations on Saturday and early Sunday.

The Italian coast guard says it has rescued up to 7,000 people and recovered about 10 bodies near the Libyan coast over the past…

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