130 migrants feared dead in Med after shipwreck

Agence France-Presse . Rome, Italy | Published: 00:45, Jun 20,2017 | Updated: 01:34, Jun 20,2017

 
 
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Samuel, 25, from Nigeria, waits his turn to leave the Golfo Azzurro rescue vessel as it arrives at the port of Pozzallo, south of Sicily in Italy, with hundreds of migrants aboard, rescued by members of Proactive Open Arms NGO, on Saturday.–– AP Photo

At least 126 migrants were feared dead after their boat sank off the coast of Libya while trying to make the perilous crossing to Europe, the International Organisation for Migration said Monday.
According to four survivors, the migrants left on June 15 from Libya but their inflatable boat sank several hours into the journey, IOM spokesman Flavio Di Giacomo said.
The survivors said traffickers intercepted their boat shortly after setting off and stole their engine.
‘The boat, which was already overloaded, quickly began taking on water and sank,’ Di Giacomo said.
The four survivors – two Sudanese and two Nigerian nationals – were picked up by Libyan fisherman who handed them over to another migrant boat making the dangerous Mediterranean Sea crossing.
Di Giacomo said the survivors were finally rescued by the Italian coast guard and taken to Sicily along with about a thousand others who have been rescued in recent days.
Italy has registered more than 65,000 migrant arrivals since January, up nearly a fifth from the same period past year.
More than 1,800 people have died attempting the crossing since the start of the year, according to IOM figures.

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