Another 132 people have been rescued by the Libyan coast guard and local fishermen.
Migrants disappeared on the Libyan coast
At least 116 migrants are missing after a shipwreck on the Libyan coast where it could be the worst shipwreck in the Mediterranean Sea so far this year. As reported by the Libyan navy, another 132 people have been rescued by the Libyan coast guard and local fishermen. It is not clear yet if the wreck of one or two vessels occurred.
Previously, the UN refugee agency, Acnur, had expressed fear that some 150 people had died in a shipwreck off the coast of Libya. “Terrible news. Information about a great shipwreck arrives off the coast of Libya. Some 150 survivors would have been saved and returned to Libya,” said Charlie Yaxley, a spokesman for UNHCR for Africa and the Mediterranean, in a message published in Your official Twitter social network account.
The Libyan office of the International Organization for Migration also echoed fears of a new tragedy through its Twitter account. One of the survivors would have said that a group of around 150 people would have embarked on the wrecked ship. At least one vessel left the Libyan town of Al Khoms, 120 kilometers east of the capital, with about 300 people on board, according to the first survivors testimony, according to a spokesman with Yaxley.