Stella Dimoko Eight People Die And 86 Rescued From Sinking Small Boat Off Libya


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Monday, 8 January 2018

Eight People Die And 86 Rescued From Sinking Small Boat Off Libya

At least eight people died and 86 others were rescued after a rubber dinghy starting sinking in the Mediterranean Sea off Libya, according to the Italian coast guard, which said a search was continuing to find any more survivors.

The coast guard, which coordinates rescues in international waters off Libya’s coast, said an aircraft on patrol for a European anti-smuggling operation spotted the dinghy in difficulty, on Saturday morning. Italian navy and coast guard vessels were involved in the rescue.

The coast guard’s Cmdr Sergio Liardo told RaiNews24 “it appears the dinghy deflated” after a puncture. When rescuers arrived in the early afternoon about 20 people were still in the dinghy while others were in the water.

All eight victims were female, Liardo said. Asked about a Libyan navy account that at least 25 migrants had perished, he said: “That’s not confirmed.” Survivors told rescuers roughly 150 migrants were on board when the dinghy was launched from Libya’s coast.

Libyan navy and coast guard spokesman Brig Gen Ayoub Qassim said the migrants’ boat capsized and sank in international waters and the Libyan navy did not have the resources to rush to their rescue.
from the guardian


Mhiz A... said...

How people will pike up in that balloon like dinghy is what I don't get. Mere looking it, u will know it's a disaster waiting to occur.

Africans come back home oooo, if u want to travel follow the right channel biko.

Teddy said...

With everything people are going through, some are still going. Tor, their problem now o

Sharon Aminu said...

Only God know how they will reach their people now..
Rip to them

Cynhams Cakes, Abuja. said...

And the Government is rescuing those trapped there. Hian! What are we saying sef? I wish them what they wish themselves mbok.

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