Hundreds feared dead as migrants’ boat capsizes off Libya
Published time: April 19, 2015 07:47
Edited time: April 19, 2015 08:28
A rescue operation is under way after a boat carrying an estimated 700 migrants capsized in Libyan waters, 120 miles south of Lampedusa, the Times of Malta reports.
Twenty-eight people have been reported rescued, while a number of bodies have been washed ashore in Libya.
The migrants reportedly fell overboard when they ran to draw the attention of a passing vessel. The boat is said to have capsized at midnight.
A Maltese Navy spokesman told the BBC that Italian ships and commercial boats were also involved in the emergency operation.
In the next few hours, the operation will focus on the search for bodies.
A few days earlier, almost 400 migrants drowned in the Mediterranean as their boat carrying 550 people bound for Italy capsized approximately 24 hours after leaving Libya.
The flow of migrants has increased due to fine spring weather over the last few weeks.
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Sunday 19 April 2015
Boat Carrying 700 Migrants Capsizes Off Libya
Up to 550 people are feared drowned as the boat sinks after it narrowly avoided colliding with a ship in the Mediterranean.
A major rescue operation is under way after a boat carrying up to 700 migrants capsized off the coast of Libya.
Up to 550 people are feared drowned after the vessel capsized after nearly hitting a merchant ship in the Mediterranean, about 120 miles south of the Italian island of Lampedusa.
Sky's Enda Brady, in Sicily, said there were reports of some 150 survivors.
The Italian coastguard and navy are continuing to search for survivors.
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