The perilous crossing from Africa to the shores of Europe has claimed the lives of more migrants.
Survivors said around forty people died and were among about 240 migrants from Ghana, Gambia and the Cote d’Ivoire on board two rubber boats which set off from Libya according to the Save the Children Fund charity.
The deaths happened on Sunday and have come to light after the rescue boat, a Maltese merchant ship docked at the Italian island of Sicily with survivors.
It’s claimed some of those who died drowned when they fell into the sea as the merchant ship approached their boat. It’s understood another inflatable craft may have exploded or deflated in the heat of the sun, said the charity.
It’s estimated 1,800 are believed to have died during the crossing from Africa to Europe so far this year.