26th May 2016 26th May 2016
Some of them are genuine refugees fleeing wars and conflicts in Africa, others are migrants trying to seek better living conditions away from their countries. Is it really worth the risk? These pictures would take your breath away.
At least five migrants have drowned off the Libyan coast after the heavily overcrowded boat they were on overturned, according to Italian navy officials.
This is the terrifying moment the boat transporting thousands of migrants trying to reach the shores of Europe capsized, emptying its content into the sea.
Holding on for dear life, migrants are flipped into the sea when their overcrowded boat overturns off Libyan coast, leaving five dead, as 6,000 are rescued in just two days. This shocking picture shows the vessel starting to lean to one side before refuges start diving into the water as it capsizes. Frantic passengers swim for their lives as the boat started to overturn and sink beneath the surface.
The terrifying moment the crammed wooden boat transporting migrants completely overturns emptying its contents into the water. Five dead bodies have so far been recovered from the water.
Italian patrol boat Bettica saw that the vessel was in difficulty and approached it to hand out life jackets, but before it could begin a rescue operation the boat flipped over due to the sudden movement of the passengers according to Italian coastguard officials.
The navy said at least 550 people had been pulled to safety but added that the rescue operation was still underway and that the death toll could rise. Above some terrified migrants take a dive into their sinking boat rather than die in it.
Rescued: Refugees are pictured after being rescued by the Italian ship Aquarius. Some of them even had time to punch the air in celebratory mood. (Photo credit: Daily Mail)