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13 migrants found dead on packed boat drifting in Med

Horror: A
woman weeps
after being
rescued off the
coast
of Libya
PICTURES: AP

THE bodies of 13 migrants — including pregnant women and children — have been found packed in a rubber boat drifting in the Mediterranean sea.

They were recovered by Spanish aid workers who rescued 167 migrants from sub-Saharan Africa trying to reach Europe in the tiny vessel.

Laura Lanuza, a spokeswoman for Spain’s Proactiva Open Arms group, said 121 men, 40 women and six children were found alive on Tuesday about 15 miles north of the Libyan coastal town of Sabratha.

Grim: Aid workers recover the dead bodies

Separately, a boat from the charity Save the Children came to the aid of some 90 migrants aboard a small boat.

Both rescue operations off Libya were coordinated by the Italian coastguard. They come after at least 150 migrants were rescued from an inflatable off the coast of Libya’s capital Tripoli on Monday.

More than 2,200 migrants have died trying to reach Europe across the Mediterranean so far this year, said the International Organisation for Migration.