Another boat overloaded with migrants has capsized off the Italian coast. BBC is reporting that Malta authorities are handling rescue operations with victims being transported to the Italian island of Lampedusa.
Navy rescue crews reported bodies floating in the water along with the rescue of over 200 immigrants. AP is reporting at least 27 people perished. Other reports indicate that at least 10 children were amongst the fatalities in the water, no official count has been given.
This is the second boat capsizing in two weeks off the coast of Lampedusa. The first incident occurred earlier this week and claimed the lives of at least 319 people, mostly Eritrean and Somali migrants. Lampedusa is a sought after destination for migrants from sub-Sahara Africa including those escaping war ravages in Syria and Egypt. The water crossing from Africa to Europe is one of the most dangerous for migrants but thousands make the attempt yearly to escape poverty and war in their native countries.
Maltese authorities had spotted the boat at dawn after receiving a distress signal from the boat that was some 60 miles away from making landfall in Lampedusa.