Tamil Diplomat

Dozens die’ as migrant boat sinks in Mediterranean

Dozens of migrants have drowned in the Mediterranean after a boat carrying an estimated 137 people sank south of Sicily, Save the Children says.The aid group says survivors reported up to 40 people fell into the sea as a rescue vessel was approaching.Those rescued arrived in the Sicilian port city of Catania on Tuesday.

At least 1,829 people have died so far 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 was 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

Some said ‘very many’ died, others said ‘around 40’,” she added. The survivors were picked up by a Maltese merchant ship and five bodies were also recovered.Dramatic footage of the rescue, obtained by The Associated Press (AP), shows migrants desperately jumping off a deflating dinghy, and trying to climb up ropes and a rope ladder to the merchant ship.exploded – it wasn’t clear – and that some of them fell overboard,” Ms di Benedetto told AFP news agency