World Bulletin / News Desk
Hundreds of others aboard the vessels are feared dead.
Proactiva Open Arms spokeswoman Laura Lanuza said nearly 250 people are believed dead after the ships carrying migrants went down in the Mediterranean Sea.
Lanuza was quoted by Italian public television as saying members of her organization that works to rescue and help migrants in the Mediterranean managed to "recover five bodies” about 15 miles (24 kilometers) off the coast.
The boats capsized because they are loaded beyond capacity and each one had at least 120 - 130 people onboard, she added.
Rescue operations are underway.