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40 migrants die in Mediterranean
Published :Sunday, 16 August, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 4

ROME, Aug 15 : More than 40 migrants have died in the Mediterranean on Saturday, the Italian navy said, after apparently suffocating below deck on the boat taking them to Europe.
"Operation underway... many migrants saved. At least 40 dead," the navy said on Twitter, while the Corriere della Sera newspaper said those who died were found in the hold of the vessel.
The boat, which was intercepted south of the Italian island of Lampedusa, was carrying around 300 people, the paper said.
An Italian navy helicopter spotted the boat, which was "overcrowded and starting to sink", about 21 miles off the Libyan coast, said a reporter with Italy RaiNews television at the rescue operation headquarters.
An Italian navy vessel was sent to its aid at 7 am local time (0500 GMT) and when its sailors boarded the vessel the grim discovery was made.     ?AFP










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