Dozens feared dead in migrant tragedy: Save the Children

The incident was believed to have occurred on Sunday in the sea between Libya and Sicily.

By: Associated Press | Rome | Published: May 5, 2015 4:14 pm
Migrants wait to disembark from the ' The Phoenix ' a Malta-based Migrant Offshore Aid Station, in the Sicilian harbor of Pozzallo, Italy, Tuesday May 5, 2015. More than 350 migrants were on the Maltese-registered ship that brought them to safety, according to Doctors Without Borders who are helping with the rescue effort. (AP Photo/Francesco Malavolta) Migrants wait to disembark from the ‘ The Phoenix ‘ a Malta-based Migrant Offshore Aid Station, in the Sicilian harbor of Pozzallo, Italy, Tuesday May 5, 2015. More than 350 migrants were on the Maltese-registered ship that brought them to safety, according to Doctors Without Borders who are helping with the rescue effort. (AP Photo/Francesco Malavolta)

The Save the Children aid group is reporting another migrant tragedy in the Mediterranean, with survivors saying many of their fellow passengers fell out of a rubber boat and likely drowned as a rescue vessel neared.

Save the Children’s Giovanna di Benedetto said from Catania, Sicily, that the exact toll isn’t known but that several survivors in their first interviews with aid groups reported that “dozens” of people fell into the sea and couldn’t swim.

She said the incident was believed to have occurred on Sunday in the sea between Libya and Sicily when a commercial vessel approached to rescue the migrant boat. The vessel arrived in Catania on Tuesday.

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