48 migrants dead after boat sinks off Tunisia

At least 48 migrants died and 67 were rescued when their boat sank off the coast of Tunisia on Sunday in one of the deadliest migrant boat accidents in recent years. Dozens more were missing. Traffickers have increasingly used Tunisia as a launching point for crafts carrying people trying to reach Europe from North Africa since Libya’s coast guard has started cracking down. A survivor said the captain abandoned the boat to escape arrest after it started sinking with an estimated 180 migrants on board. “I survived by clinging to wood for nine hours,” the survivor said.

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