200 or More Now Feared Dead in Migrant Boat Sinking Off Lampedusa – Boat Was Likely Coming from Libya, Not Tunisia

It now appears that the boat that capsized earlier this morning off of Lampedusa was carrying Sub-Saharan Africans and that it had sailed from Libya not from Tunisia. The boat departed from Zuwarah in western Libya according to the Times of Malta.  Woman and children were on board and are likely among the victims.  The accident occurred around 4:00 AM local time in very rough seas.  A call for help was made by satellite phone to Malta SAR.  ANSA reported a short time ago that 48 people have been rescued and approximately 20 bodies have been recovered.  IOM said that based on interviews with survivors there may have been as many as 300 people on board the boat.

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3 responses to “200 or More Now Feared Dead in Migrant Boat Sinking Off Lampedusa – Boat Was Likely Coming from Libya, Not Tunisia

  1. Tigisti

    God Bless all the ones who didn’t make it. This breaks my heart

  2. mohammed

    i wont to know if my brother is there with the eritreans died in the sea his name is sebah tahir nuru

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