12 migrants drown, 500 rescued

More migrant deaths in the Med.

12 migrants drown, 500 rescued in Mediterranean off Libya

Twelve migrants died on Thursday when their overcrowded rubber dinghy sank off the coast of Libya, the Italian Coast Guard said, while some 500 were rescued in the latest episodes in the Mediterranean migrant crisis.

The corpses of the victims were found in the sea by the Coast Guard ship Dattilo some 40 miles north of Libya, a Coast Guard spokesman said. The Dattilo saved 106 people from the same dinghy, which was “half submerged” when help arrived.

The Dattilo is still involved in other rescue operations involving boats in difficulty, the spokesman said.

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Source: reuters.com

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