Ten dead in new migrant boat disaster

A policeman talks with children as migrants disembark from Migrant Offshore Aid Station ship Topaz Responder in the Sicilian harbour of Augusta

Publish Date 30 Jun 2016

Ten women died on Thursday in a migrant-boat wreck in the Strait of Sicily some 20 miles off the Libyan coast. The Italian Coast Guard saved 107 people, including a number of woman and children. The Coast Guard arrived at the scene to find a large dinghy had partially sunk and many migrants were in the water. Conditions at sea were awful, with the wind blowing at over 30 knots and waves over two metres high. The bodies of ten women were recovered and a ship is in the area looking for survivors.