Migrant Boat Sinks

Published: August 28, 2015

Migrant Boat Sinks, About 150 people are believed to have drowned off western Libya after a fishing boat and a smaller boat carrying migrants sank in the Mediterranean, Libyan and international relief officials said on Friday.

A spokesman for the Libyan Red Crescent, Mohamed al-Misrati, put the confirmed death toll from the two vessels at 105 people and said that 30 to 40 people were still missing. He said 198 survivors had been rescued, some of them Libyans, some from elsewhere in Africa and some from Syria.

If confirmed, the combined death toll would be among the highest this summer for refugees and migrants trying to reach Europe from North Africa.

The larger of the two vessels sank on Thursday, the same day that authorities in Austria found the decomposing bodies of 71 people, presumed to be migrants, in the back of a truck abandoned alongside a highway. The smaller boat was said to have gone down sometime Wednesday night or early Thursday.

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