A Tunisian fisherman sits on the upturned hull of a shipwreck 35 kms north of the Tunisian islands of Kerkennah. The boat set sail from Libya carrying 843 people, mainly West Africans. The Tunisian Coast Guard were able to rescue 593 of the passengers but 250 were presumed to have drowned. Figures recordthat since 1988 almost 20,000 people haved died while trying to reach Europe. The majority drowned crossing along routes from North Africa to Italy and Malta. In 2013 there were 707 recorded deaths of migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea.