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Libyan Newswire

Sea tragedy survivors “clung to dinghies’ for two days” before rescue

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Italian coastguards arrive at the quay in Lampedusa with survivors of this week’s tragedy in the Mediterranean. Photo: UNHCR/F. Fossi

Survivors of the Mediterranean Sea tragedy that cost at least 300 lives at the weekend had to cling to ropes after being pitched into the water by storm waves, the UN has said.

Details of their ordeal have emerged after 84 people were rescued by the Italian coastguard at the weekend 100 miles from land.

Among the survivors are two boys aged 12 and 14.

They are believed to have set off from Libya on Saturday in rubber dinghies provided by smugglers.

UN refugee agency officer Carlotta Sami gave an update to Daniel Johnson.

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