About 60 migrants missing after Mediterranean shipwreck, UN says

GERMAN PRESS AGENCY - DPA
ROME
Published 30.06.2017 15:24
Updated 30.06.2017 15:29
A Libyan coast guardsman stands on a boat during the rescue of 147 illegal immigrants attempting to reach Europe off the coastal town of Zawiyah, 45 kilometres west of the capital Tripoli, on June 27, 2017. (AFP Photo)
A Libyan coast guardsman stands on a boat during the rescue of 147 illegal immigrants attempting to reach Europe off the coastal town of Zawiyah, 45 kilometres west of the capital Tripoli, on June 27, 2017. (AFP Photo)

About 60 people are missing after a migrant boat capsized in the Mediterranean Sea, a spokesman for the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said Friday.

Writing on Twitter, Flavio Di Giacomo said 80 people who disembarked in the south-eastern Italian port of Brindisi told IOM staff that they were rescued after their boat capsized.

The boat, according to survivors, had about 140 people on board, meaning that about "60 migrants went missing," Di Giacomo said.

The IOM, a UN-affiliated agency, estimated that 2,169 people have died or gone missing since the start of the year while trying to reach Europe in Mediterranean Sea crossings.

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