At least 40 migrants have died after apparently getting trapped and suffocating in the water-logged hold of a boat in the Mediterranean, the Italian navy has said.
The victims are thought to inhaled fumes from fuel after the boat took on water in the hold, 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".
Commander Tozzi said his ship, the Cigala Fulgosi, had taken on more than 300 survivors, including women and children.
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