Hundreds feared dead after migrant boat sinks off Libyan coasts

AS many as 700 migrants are feared to have drowned after a fishing boat trying to reach Europe capsized 60 miles off Libyan coasts on Saturday night (April 18).

Twenty eight people have been rescued in the incident so far.

Spokesperson for The United Nations High Commission for Refugees, Carlotta Sami, confirmed the shipwreck and explained that one of the survivors claimed that at least other 700 were on board.

The boat is believed to have capsized after migrants rushed to one side of the vessel when trying to draw the attention of a passing merchant ship.

“At the moment, we fear that this is a tragedy of really vast proportions,” said Ms Sami.

Two other shipwrecks registered this week have left an estimated 450 victims.

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