The Italian Navy rescues over 300 migrants after 40 die attempting to cross the Mediterranean from Libya to Europe. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) The Italian Navy rescued over 300 migrants on Saturday (August 15) after 40 died attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea from Libya to Europe. The victims were thought to have been trapped and suffocated in the water-logged hold of a boat after it took on water, the captain of the navy ship leading the rescue said on Italian state television. Commander Massimo Tozzi, speaking from the ship, said that when his men boarded the migrant boat they found the dead in the hold "immersed in water, fuel and human excrement". Tozzi said his ship, the Cigala Fulgosi, had taken on more than 300 survivors, including women and children.