At least 97 migrants missing as boat sinks off Libya

Trevor Jackson
April 14, 2017

African immigrants, whose boat sank off the Libyan coast, gather upon their rescue in Tripoli, capital of Libya, on April 13, 2017. At least 97 migrants went missing after their boat sank off the Libyan coast, a navy spokesman said.

Almost 100 refugees were reported missing Thursday when their inflatable boat sank off the coast of Libya - another tragedy making this year one of the Mediterranean's deadliest for migrants.

Twenty-three migrants were rescued around 6 miles off the coast after authorities received a distress call Thursday morning.

Fifteen women and five children are among those missing.

Qasem said the migrants are of African nationalities, and those rescued were taken to Tripoli naval base for medical and humanitarian assistance.

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Smugglers put most of the migrants in flimsy inflatable dinghies that get picked up by rescue ships and other vessels once they reach global waters.

So far this year, of an estimated 26,886 refugees who have crossed into Italy, more than 600 are known to have drowned at sea.

Libya is a major transit point for migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe.

Since the beginning of this year, at least 590 migrants have died or gone missing along the Libyan coast, the International Organization for Migration said in late March.

All the migrants were in good health, according to authorities.

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