Dozens of mi­grants drown in new hor­ror

Midweek Sport - - NEWS -

DOZENS of pas­sen­gers in a crowded rub­ber boat fell into the sea and may have drowned as a res­cue ves­sel ap­proached, sur­vivors re­ported as they ar­rived in Italy yes­ter­day to join thou­sands of oth­ers res­cued in the Mediter­ranean.

Gio­vanna di Benedetto of the aid group Save the Chil­dren said the ex­act toll is not known, but she said sur­vivors, in their first in­ter­views with aid of­fi­cials, re­ported that many peo­ple fell into the sea and could not swim af­ter their boat ei­ther de­flated or ex­pe­ri­enced dif­fi­culty.

The in­ci­dent is be­lieved to have oc­curred on Sun­day in the sea be­tween Libya and Si­cily when a com­mer­cial ves­sel, the Zeran, ap­proached the rub­ber boat to res­cue the mi­grants.

The sur­vivors were yes­ter­day brought to Cata­nia.

The week­end saw a dra­matic in­crease in res­cues as smug­glers in Libya took ad­van­tage of calm seas and warm weather to send thou­sands of would-be refugees out into the Mediter­ranean.

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