Migrant boat overturns in Mediterranean Sea, leaves five dead
May 26, Tripoli: Dramatic pictures released by the Italian navy have captured the moment a heavily overcrowded boat with 562 people overturned in a shipwreck off Libya which left at least five people dead.
The blue fishing vessel, its deck heaving with people, tipped over on Wednesday after the refugees and migrants rushed to one side on spotting a rescue ship, reports said.
The migrants, many of them men in the boat, some already wearing orange life jackets as a precaution, were captured in rare photographs as they
clung to the boat's rails or each other, or dropped into the sea.
Some are seen hanging on to the starboard edge by their fingertips as the trawler rolls, while others try to balance on the rim.
Pictures taken seconds later show the waters around the boat filled with people trying to get away from the vessel which, now overturned, begins to sink, with four people still perched on its upturned hull.
The navy said its Bettica patrol boat had spotted "a boat in precarious conditions off the coast of Libya with numerous migrants aboard" but the trawler overturned shortly afterwards "due to overcrowding"
The navy said 562 people had been pulled to safety. Those on board had sounded the alarm by calling for help using a satellite phone some 18 nautical miles off Libya
The Bettica threw life-rafts and jackets to those in the water, while another navy ship in the area sent a helicopter and rescue boats, AFP news agency reported.
The Oslo Times