At least 31 people — mostly young children — drowned Wednesday after falling from a packed migrant boat while trying to reach Europe from North Africa, rescuers said.
The vessel, one of a group off the Libya coast, listed suddenly, sending about 200 occupants tumbling into the Mediterranean Sea, Italian Coast Guard commander Cosimo Nicastro told Reuters.
“At least 20 dead bodies were spotted in the water,” he said.
Rescue group Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) said it had recovered 31 bodies. “Most are toddlers,” the group’s co-founder Chris Catrambone said on Twitter….
More than 1,300 people have died already this year on the most dangerous route for migrants fleeing towards Europe from poverty and war across Africa and the Middle East….