146 migrants feared missing after boat capsizes in Mediterranean

About 146 migrants are feared missing after their boat capsized after leaving Libya, according to a Gambian man who was rescued following the disaster, the United Nations’ refugee agency said Wednesday. The vessel left on Sunday or Monday from Sabratha, northwestern Libya, with five children and several pregnant women among those on board, the Gambian told a member of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees who met him at a hospital in Lampedusa. Most of the passengers were from Nigeria, Mali and The Gambia, he said. He said that the boat began taking on water a few hours after setting off, and that he survived by holding on to a fuel can.
According to information gathered by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the man was spotted almost by accident by the Spanish ship, which then transferred him to the Italian coastguard.
“It shows that there may very well be shipwrecks we don’t know about, because the boats sink without a trace,” Flavio de Giacomo, an IOM spokesman, said. Since the beginning of this year, at least 590 migrants have died or gone missing along the Libyan coast, excluding this latest capsizing, the IOM estimates.
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