84 refugees missing after boat sinks off Libya

84 refugees missing after boat sinks off Libya

Eighty-four refugees are still missing after an inflatable craft sank off the coast of Libya, according to survivors cited by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) on Saturday.

“According to testimonies gathered by IOM in Lampedusa 84 people went missing,” IOM spokesman in Italy Flavio Di Giacomo wrote on his Twitter feed.

Di Giacomo said the survivors indicated 110 people, all from assorted west African states, had embarked in Libya. In an email, he added that the vessel “was in a very bad state, was taking on water and many people fell into the water and drowned.

Twenty-six people were rescued from the inflatable boat which sank on Friday, and were questioned overnight. Read more

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