11 migrants die in Mediterranean sea with 12 others still missing

14 migrants has been rescued by the Tunisian coastguard after a boat which was carrying 37 people to Italy, sank.

A total of 11 bodies was recovered from the Mediterranean sea on Saturday night.

More than 1,000 migrants are thought to have died this year attempting to cross the treacherous waters, 960 of them are thought to have drowned.

The migrant boat set off from the Sfax region, sinking around 40 miles further up the coast near Chebba, Mahdia.

The coastline around Sfax has become a major departure point for people trying to cross the Mediterranean in the hope of reaching Europe.

The Italian island of Lampedusa lies in between the eastern coast of Tunisia and Sicily and is often a destination for those attempting to reach Europe from north Africa.

According to the EU border agency Frontex, there were 52,000 “irregular entries” via the central Mediterranean route between January and August this year, with the migrants mainly from Tunisia, Egypt, and Bangladesh.