Scores of people have died after a boat carrying around 250 migrants capsized between Sicily and Tunisia.
The Maltese and Italian navies rescued more than 200 people from the stricken boat. The most seriously injured were taken by helicopter to the Italian island of Lampedusa.
The director of Lampedusa’s hospital immediately got his team into action.
“When we knew that a helicopter with ten injured people was on its way, we activated our group which is made up of doctors, anaesthetists, cardiologists. We are all here, ready to take action,” he said.
In another incident, 12 people died when their boat sank off the coast of Alexandria in Egypt.
These latest incidents come eight days after more than 300 people died when their boat caught fire and sank near Lampedusa.
Last week’s disaster has highlighted the protracted migrant crisis, which is seeing tens of thousands of people risk their lives and head for Europe in flimsy, overcrowded vessels.
According to the UN refugee agency UNHCR, some 32,000 migrants have arrived in Italy and Malta this year alone.