Striking pictures capture moment of migrant shipwreck off Libya

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ROME: Dramatic images released by the Italian navy Wednesday captured the moment a heavily overcrowded boat overturned in a shipwreck off Libya which left at least five people dead. The blue fishing vessel, its deck heaving with people, tipped over after the migrants rushed to one side on spotting a rescue ship—an all too frequent mistake which has led to many disasters in the Mediterranean. The migrants, many of them men, some already wearing orange lifejackets as a precaution, were captured in rare photographs as they clung to the boat’s rails or each other, or dropped like stones 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 churning waters around the boat peppered with people trying to get away from the vessel which, now overturned, begins to sink, with four people still perched on its upturned hull.

AFP

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