The number of migrants attempting the perilous Mediterranean crossing has increased after the recent escalation of civil war in Libya.
The people on the boat had set off from Zuwara in Libya towards Europe in an inflatable boat, which sank nine miles away from the Tunisian port town of Zarzis.
On June 29, Italian authorities arrested Carola Rackete, the captain of an NGO rescue ship, Sea Watch 3 carrying 42 migrants to the Italian port at Lampedusa.
Carola Rackete is the captain of the Sea Watch 3 which rescued 53 migrants from the Mediterranean Sea around 30 NM off the Libyan coast. The boat was denied permission to dock in Lampedusa for 14 days following which it approached the port without permission
The Bangladeshi nationals and their fellow refugees were headed to Europe when their boat capsized. They were rescued by another vessel which was not allowed permission to dock by Tunisian authorities