At least 40 migrants dead in Mediterranean sinking

Italian navy on Twitter says rescue operation underway

Migrants are rescued in the Channel of Sicily, Italy (File Photo by Francesco Malavolta/IOM 2015)
Migrants are rescued in the Channel of Sicily, Italy (File Photo by Francesco Malavolta/IOM 2015)

At least 40 migrants are feared dead in an umpteenth sinking in the Mediterranean, the Italian navy said.

Via its official Twitter account, the Marina Militare said that a rescue operation was underway and several migrants were saved.

“At least 40 persons have died,” it said.

Italian media report that bodies were found in the hold of the vessel.

According to the International Organisation for Migration, rescues at sea are occurring at a rate of over 1,000 migrants a day this summer off Italy and Greece.

Deaths at sea are also at record levels this year. In the last eight days there have been two more shipwrecks in the Mediterranean, pushing total fatalities calculated by IOM’s Missing Migrants Project to at least 2,300.

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