At least five migrants died in the Mediterranean, while 550 others were rescued as the boat they were on capsized.
A ship on the Mediterranean Sea near the coast of Libya has cost at least five migrants their lives, according to the news agency AP.
More than 550 others were rescued, and rescue teams are still in the process of searching the area after the incident with a heavily overloaded boat that capsized.
A patrol ship from the Italian Navy became aware "of an unstable boat near the Libyan coast with countless migrants on board," said the Italian fleet in a statement.
The patrol ship approached the migrants' boat, and began distributing life jackets.
However, the refugees' vessel capsized shortly after - probably due to the sudden movement when they all ran to one side of the boat to get a life jacket.
The patrol boat threw life rafts on the water, while another ship nearby sent a helicopter and rescue boats to the rescue.
Nearly 40,000 migrants rescued so far this year
With the latest incident, the number of persons rescued and brought to Italy, has reached nearly 40,000 this year, according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).
On Monday and Tuesday alone, about 5,600 people were rescued in the Mediterranean.
The vast majority of the many migrants who currently come to Italy, are from Africa south of the Sahara.
It would be safe to say that the migration to Europe continues in full force.
The nationalities of the deceased are not clear.
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