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35-40 people drown in Mediterranean migrant crossing, Save the Children reports

  • Rescued migrants sit in a bus after disembarking from the Swedish Coast Guard ship KBV 001 Poseidon at the Reggio Calabria harbor, Italy, Thursday, July 23, 2015. Earlier this month, the UN said some 137,000 people had arrived in Greece, Italy, Spain and Malta alone, with many more coming by land across the Balkans. (AP Photo/Adriana Sapone)

    Rescued migrants sit in a bus after disembarking from the Swedish Coast Guard ship KBV 001 Poseidon at the Reggio Calabria harbor, Italy, Thursday, July 23, 2015. Earlier this month, the UN said some 137,000 people had arrived in Greece, Italy, Spain and Malta alone, with many more coming by land across the Balkans. (AP Photo/Adriana Sapone)  (The Associated Press)

  • A woman receives assistance after disembarking from the Swedish Coast Guard ship KBV 001 Poseidon at the Reggio Calabria harbor, Italy, Thursday, July 23, 2015. Earlier this month, the UN said some 137,000 people had arrived in Greece, Italy, Spain and Malta alone, with many more coming by land across the Balkans. (AP Photo/Adriana Sapone)

    A woman receives assistance after disembarking from the Swedish Coast Guard ship KBV 001 Poseidon at the Reggio Calabria harbor, Italy, Thursday, July 23, 2015. Earlier this month, the UN said some 137,000 people had arrived in Greece, Italy, Spain and Malta alone, with many more coming by land across the Balkans. (AP Photo/Adriana Sapone)  (The Associated Press)

  • A child cheers at the photographer as migrants sit after disembarking from the Swedish Coast Guard ship KBV 001 Poseidon at the Reggio Calabria harbor, Italy, Thursday, July 23, 2015. Earlier this month, the UN said some 137,000 people had arrived in Greece, Italy, Spain and Malta alone, with many more coming by land across the Balkans. (AP Photo/Adriana Sapone)

    A child cheers at the photographer as migrants sit after disembarking from the Swedish Coast Guard ship KBV 001 Poseidon at the Reggio Calabria harbor, Italy, Thursday, July 23, 2015. Earlier this month, the UN said some 137,000 people had arrived in Greece, Italy, Spain and Malta alone, with many more coming by land across the Balkans. (AP Photo/Adriana Sapone)  (The Associated Press)

Save the Children reports that another 35-40 African refugees have drowned while trying to reach Italy from Libya.

The aid group said some of the 80 survivors who were brought ashore Thursday in Augusta, Sicily, reported the deaths that occurred the previous day.

Details were scarce, but survivors told Save the Children's advisers that the migrants died as the dinghy began taking in water.

The dead were believed to be mostly sub-Saharan Africans from Senegal, Mali and Benin and included at least seven children, the group reported in a statement.