A boat conveying migrants from different countries to Italy capsized and sank in the Mediterranean, drowning up to 500 migrants.
To make matters worse was the fact that the boat sank in the middle of the night. Fortunately for some of the survivors from Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan and Egypt, they were transferred to another vessel after the vessel sank to the bottom of the sea.
The migrants were trying to get to Italy when the ugly incident happened.
Italy’s coast guard said on Monday that six bodies were recovered and 108 migrants were rescued from a semi-submerged small rubber boat, the calm seas helped in accelerating the arrival of the rescue boats.
A coast guard spokesman said the bodies were found on the rubber dinghy on Sunday by a private rescue ship called Aquarius run by humanitarian group SOS Mediterranean.
While the coast guard had no reliable details about the nationality of the migrants, it was confirmed that five women were among those rescued from the Mediterranean.
After the rescue operation, the migrants – both living and dead were then taken to the Italian island of Lampedusa, the coast guard stated.
According to the group of migrants, about 240 migrants set out for Italy from the Libyan port city of Tobruk.
Muaz from Ethiopia lamented that “My wife and my baby drowned in front of me” But he managed to swim to safety amid the commotion.
“Two hundred and forty of us set off from Libya but then the traffickers made us get on to a bigger wooden boat around 30m in length that already had at least 300 people in it,” said Abdul Kadir, a Somali.
However, the fact that the boat carrying the migrants capsized in the middle of the night, makes it hard to get accurate information on the actual number of the dead and the living.