Aid organizations report that this week, a migrant boat capsized off the coast of Libya with about 130 people on board. SOSMéditerranée said it has not yet found any survivors and fears that all migrants will be killed in the shipwreck. The United Nations (UN) International Organization for Migration (IOM) assumes at least 100 deaths.
After SOSMéditerranée received an emergency report on Wednesday morning, three merchant ships and the rescue ship Ocean Viking were used to find the migrant ships. The French aid organization speaks of very harsh conditions, with waves as high as six meters.
The rescue coordinator said in a statement on Thursday night: “Since arriving at the scene today, we have not found any survivors, and we can see at least ten bodies near the wreckage.” “We were destroyed.”
Many immigrants tried to cross the Mediterranean from Libya in North Africa to Europe. This kind of transit is dangerous and often has problems, partly because the ships are often swaying and overcrowded. SOSMéditerranée said the shipwreck on Wednesday involved a small boat.
UNHCR and International Organization for Migration Reported Last week, by that time in 2021, about 290 migrants were killed in the central Mediterranean.