A dead body is disembarked from the Italian Navy vessel Vega at the Reggio Calabria harbour, southern Italy, May 29, 2016. REUTERS/Antonio Parrinello
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Survivor accounts have pushed to more than 700 the number of migrants feared dead in Mediterranean shipwrecks over three days in the past week, even as European ships saved thousands of others in daring rescue operations.One survivor from Eritrea, 21-year-old Filmon Selomon, told the Associated Press that water started seeping into the second boat after three hours of navigation, and that the migrants tried vainly to get the water out of the sinking boat.A 17-year-old Eritrean, Mohammad Ali Imam, who arrived five days ago in another rescue, said one of the survivors told him that the second boat started taking on water when the first boat ran out of fuel.Carlotta Sami, spokeswoman in Italy for UNHCR, put the number of migrants and refugees missing in that incident at 550 based on a higher tally of 670 people on board. She said 15 bodies were recovered, while 70 survivors were plucked from the sea and 25 swam to the other boat.Hundreds of migrants drown each year attempting the dangerous Mediterranean Sea crossing.
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