Wednesday 21 March 2018

Eleven more migrant bodies recovered following Tunisia navy ship collision

Stock picture of a migrant vessel
Stock picture of a migrant vessel

Eleven more bodies have been recovered from the Mediterranean after a Tunisian naval ship collided with a wooden boat packed with migrants off the country's coast.

The death toll after the October 8 collision off the island of Kerkennah is now 19.

Tunisia's defence ministry said on Monday in a statement that Navy divers spotted the wreck of the makeshift craft at the bottom of the sea the day before.

Tunisian authorities have said 38 people were rescued while eight bodies were recovered earlier.

An unknown number of people from the boat are still missing.

The UN migration agency says it is believed the boat was carrying around 75 Tunisian migrants but one rescued migrant said more than 90 people were aboard.


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