Pictures show migrants stepping over dead bodies as they struggle to avoid drowning

Shocking images captured onboard a migrant boat shows dead bodies laying around as desperate struggle to flee to safety. A boat carrying around 1,800 people was sighted in the Mediterranean 12 miles off the coast of .

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Some resorted to jumping overboard while one drowning father tried to fling his baby to safety. Staff from pulled the living onboard their own boats but for some, it was too late.

They were among the 4,650 migrant saved in more than 30 rescue missions off the Libyan coast yesterday.This brings the total rescued in the last 48 hours to more than 10,000 refugees, and the death toll to 50 as people smugglers take advantage of relatively calm weather to push boats to sea.

The coast guard said the migrants on Tuesday were rescued from 33 boats, including 27 rubber dinghies.

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