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Boat carrying hundreds of migrants capsized in Mediterranean Sea

26 May 2016

On 25 May, an overcrowded boat carrying hundreds of migrants capsized in the Mediterranean Sea, killing at least five. 562 people had been pulled to safety off the coast of Libya.

«It is a miracle. You would expect them to save the people on the deck. But if they’ve saved 500 people, that means they’ve saved even the people who were inside. And that is very impressive," said Flavio di Giacomo, the spokesman for the International Organisation for Migration.

The boat capsized due to overcrowding and instability caused by the high number of people on board. Italy’s Bettica patrol boat threw life rafts and jackets while another Italian ship sent rescue boats.

The same patrol boat rescued a further 108 migrants in another incident later on Wednesday. Nearly 6,000 migrants trying to reach Europe illegally have been rescued from flimsy craft in the Mediterranean in recent days.

Adapted from BBC News, The Guardian, and ABC News

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