Fifty-four perish attempting to cross MediterraneanListen /
One person has survived and 54 have perished attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea between Libya and Italy.
Charles Appel reports.
According to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), the sole survivor reported that 55 people boarded the boat in Libya in late June.
All the others died of dehydration.
According to the survivor, over half of the deceased were from Eritrea, including three of his relatives.
He said there was no water on board the inflatable boat and people started to die of dehydration within days. Many drank sea water, including the man who survived.
The Tunisian coast guard rescued the man, who was taken to hospital, where he was treated for dehydration and exposure.
Charles Appel, United Nations.