said that it estimates about 700 migrants killed during the three consecutive sinkings of three sea vessels from different conflicted areas. The incident was the deadliest since April 2015.
According to rescue teams said the incident was “pretty gruesome.”
Giorgia Linardi, a rescue team member from the German NGO Sea Watch who arrived on Friday, many dead bodies had already been floating in the sea. Some of them were still breathing but not reacting.
The rescue teams could not ascertain the faith of the migrants because crew from Italian warships had taken the migrants off their hands as they continue to find more survivors.
Giorgia said they found couples hugging each other until death, a little child of few months dead in the sea. She said most of the dead were young people.
Giorgia said they also used a net to extract people and belongings from the water. She said hands, heads and feet kept coming out of the net.
“They were watching a shipwreck at the same time as having themselves been rescued an hour before,” said Linardi. “There were dolphins jumping in the waves, as well as bodies in the water. It was a very weird situation.”