146 migrants feared dead after boat capsizes in Mediterranean

About 146 migrants are feared dead after their boat capsized after leaving Libya, according to a Gambian youth who was rescued following the disaster, the UN refugee agency said Wednesday.

Alaraby reports, that a 16-year-old who was rescued, was barely conscious when he was spotted by the Iuventa, a ship belonging to German rescue organisation Jugend Rettet.

He was then brought onto a Spanish military ship participating in the EU’s “Operation Sophia” to crack down on smugglers, before being taken to the Italian island of Lampedusa.

The vessel left on Sunday or Monday from Sabratha, northwestern Libya, with five children and several pregnant women among those on board, the teenager told a member of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees who met him at a hospital in Lampedusa.

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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.

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