(CNN)- Italian navy’s dramatic rescue of hundreds of migrants after a large wooden fishing boat capsized off the coast of Libya. The navy says, recovered the bodies of 45 people who drowned on Friday, while dozens of others are still missing iat least five bodies were found.
The European Union’s anti-trafficking naval force in the Mediterranean, known as Operation Sophia, said there may be 20 to 30 fatalities from the latest sinking in the Mediterranean Sea, about 48 to 64 kilometers (30 to 40 miles) off Libya.
“The vessel Vega rescued 135 migrants from a sinking vessel. Forty-five bodies were recovered and search efforts are ongoing,” the navy said on Twitter.
Italian coastguards sent in rescue ships after a call for help reporting 350 people in the water, just one day after another shipwreck had left up to 30 dead.With search efforts continuing late into the day, the navy rescued 130 people from the “half-submerged” large rubber boat and was still searching for others, it said.
The Italian coast guard said it could not confirm the fatalities, but said it rescued 96 people from the vessel.