Reports say the migrants had set off from the Libyan port of Zuwara and were attempting to cross the Mediterranean to reach Europe.
The Head of Tunisia’s Red Crescent, Mongi Slim, said eighty-four people were rescued by the Tunisian navy.
According to reports, summer weather has seen an increase in migrants trying to reach Europe from North Africa.
The boat which set sail on Monday night, was carrying people from Egypt, Sudan, Eritrea and Bangladesh.
The vessel capsized after its engine broke down.