Doomed sea crossing survivors describe Mediterranean ordeal

A boat carrying asylum seekers and migrants in the Mediterranean Sea. Photo: UNHCR/L.Boldrini (File Photo)

Survivors of one of the worst ever tragedies at sea involving migrants crossing the Mediterranean, in which 500 people reportedly drowned, have begun to describe their ordeal.

That's according to the UN Refugee Agency UNHCR, on Wednesday.

Just 41 people were rescued by a merchant vessel after a large ship went down in the Mediterranean last week.

They described being part of a larger group which had set out from the Libyan coast for Italy, and being forced to board a larger boat which then capsized and sank.

Daniel Johnson spoke to the UNHCR's William Spindler.

Duration: 3’53″

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