The captain of the vessel carrying about 145 migrants forced them to jump into the sea off Yemen's southern province of Abyan to swim ashore, the provincial official said.
About 92 survived and were sent to refugee camps, he said.
Last week another 75 Somali migrants drowned in a similar incident.
Many African migrants try to reach Yemen, which they see as a gateway to wealthier parts of the Middle East, and the West.
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