The French aid group Doctors without Borders (MSF) said on Wednesday, it had found the bodies of 29 who perished in a pool of fuel and seawater on a crowded dinghy off Libya.

 

The find adds to the grim evidence of the hazards of crossing the Mediterranean — a journey that the said on Wednesday has claimed more than 3,800 lives so far this year, a record.

 

MSF said its chartered rescue ship, the Bourbon Argos, picked up 107 people aboard the inflatable boat 26 nautical miles off yesterday.

 

Its crew initially counted 11 corpses on the dinghy’s floor, which was flooded with a murky mixture of fuel and seawater.

 

The was then called away to another rescue operation nearby, saving 139 people aboard another vessel.

 

The crew returned to the dinghy and found on closer examination that 29 people had died, probably from suffocation, skin burns or drowning.

 

The bodies were retrieved from the toxic mixture over a period of hours, with the help of a team from the German Sea-Watch.

 

“The mixture of water and fuel was so foul that we could not stay on the boat for long periods. It was horrible,” MSF project leader Michele Telaro said in a statement.

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