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8 migrants dead, 86 rescued from sinking boat
    2018-January-8  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

AT least eight migrants died and 86 others were rescued Saturday from a smugglers’ rubber dinghy after it starting sinking in the Mediterranean Sea off Libya, the Italian coast guard said. A search was ongoing to find any more possible survivors.

An aid group not involved in the rescue said dozens of migrants could still be missing. The coast guard said there was no confirmation of Libyan authorities’ statement that at least 25 migrants had died.

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

Coast guard Cmdr. Sergio Liardo told Italian state TV RaiNews24 that “it appears the dinghy deflated” after a puncture. When rescuers arrived in the early afternoon, some 20 migrants were still in the dinghy while others were in the water.

All eight victims were female, Liardo said.

Asked about the Libyan navy’s account that at least 25 migrants had perished, Liardo said “that’s not confirmed.” He said survivors told rescuers that roughly 150 migrants were aboard when the dinghy was launched from Libya’s coast.

“We are looking for any eventual survivors,” Liardo said, adding the search would continue through the night.

Authorities say the actual death toll in many of the migrant boats that sink in the Mediterranean is never known, and that some boats vanish without a trace.

The smugglers routinely crowd much more than 100 people into motorized rubber dinghies designed to hold far fewer, aiming to maximize profits on the route from lawless Libya toward southern Europe.

(SD-Agencies)

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