About 30 migrants are missing after a ship sank off Libya

By Le Figaro with AFP

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The NGO Alarm Phone said dozens of migrants drowned northwest of the Libyan city of Benghazi. (Illustrative image) Samir Doumi/AFP

About 30 immigrants are missing after a Shipwreck close the LibyaThis was announced by the Italian Coast Guard on Sunday, March 12, while attempting to rescue a cargo boat sailing in the area.

During the rescue operations, the boat capsized in the midst of the migrant transport: 17 people were rescued and about 30 others were missingCoast Guard announced.

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“urgent distress”

This weekend, NGOs reported that a boat carrying 47 people was drifting about a hundred kilometers off the Libyan coast. The rescue organization, Alarm Phone, which operates a hotline for migrants in distress, was the first to report on Sunday that the migrants had drowned.

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Alert Von said it alerted the relief coordinating center in Rome on Saturday of the boat’s distress, as well as the Maltese and Libyan authorities. A merchant ship bound for the migrants’ boat reported difficulty carrying out the rescue operation due to bad weather.

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Meanwhile, the Libyan authorities, who are in charge of search and rescue efforts in this region, reported that they did not have boats and requested assistance from Rome, which sent three merchant ships that were in the region to the boat, according to the Coast Guard.

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The migrant transports of the light first began with one of the four merchant ships arriving at the stumbling boatCoast Guard said. After the ascent of 17 immigrants,FrolandI headed to Malta to disembark two migrants in need of urgent medical attention. Searches are continuing.

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