Migrants feared drowned in Mediterranean

2021-04-23 15:23:07

A search within the Mediterranean sea for vessels filled with migrants has discovered ten our bodies floating close to a capsized rubber boat believed to have been carrying 130 folks, the French humanitarian organisation SOS Mediterranee says.

One other picket boat was nonetheless lacking with about 40 migrants aboard, a spokesman for SOS Mediterranee mentioned on Friday.

The civil hotline Alarm Telephone had reported three boats have been in misery on Wednesday, prompting SOS Mediterranee to launch a search “in very tough seas, with as much as 6-metre waves”, the non-government organisation mentioned in a information launch issued on Friday.

Three service provider vessels helped the charity’s personal rescue ship Ocean Viking seek for the boats in worldwide waters, northeast of the Libyan metropolis of Tripoli.

SOS Mediterranee mentioned service provider ship MY ROSE discovered three our bodies within the water and an airplane of EU border company Frontex noticed the rubber boat quickly after.

When Ocean Viking arrived on the scene it didn’t discover any survivors however there have been ten our bodies within the water close by. The assertion issued on Twitter carried {a photograph} of a capsized black rubber boat.

A spokesman for the NGO mentioned he had no data on the third boat that Alarm Telephone had mentioned was in misery.

Battle-ridden Libya is a serious route for migrants looking for to achieve Europe. The French NGO mentioned greater than 350 folks have died this yr within the Central Mediterranean making the perilous voyage.

“States abandon their accountability to coordinate Search and Rescue operations, leaving personal actors and civil society to fill the lethal void they depart behind,” SOS Mediterranee mentioned in its assertion.

The UN businesses known as for reactivating state-led search and rescue operations within the Mediterranean and for a halt to returning migrants to “unsafe ports”.

The UN’s Worldwide Organisation for Migration (IOM) mentioned in a report on the finish of March that final yr greater than 2200 folks perished at sea.

The true toll might be far larger as support teams reported not less than 5 “invisible shipwrecks” that have been by no means confirmed as they left no survivors.

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