Italian Navy rescue migrants from a crowded boat off the coast of Libya
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European migrant crisis: Navy video shows rescue off Libya coast

More than 40 migrants have died in an overcrowded boat in the Mediterranean, the Italian navy has said.

Many others were saved as the boat was intercepted off Libya. The navy said the rescue was continuing.

The deaths were caused by suffocation as the migrants were held in a confined space below deck, reports say.

European officials say the plight of migrants, 250,000 of whom have crossed by boat to the continent this year, is "beyond urgent".

Footage courtesy Italian Navy

  • 15 Aug 2015
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