12 Dead in Shipwreck off Libya

Last Updated: Dec 06 2018 15:09

TRIPOLI: The UN migration agency said, At least 12 people died after a rubber boat which spent more than 10 days at sea capsized off Misrata, Libya.

Ten survivors were rescued and returned to Libya where they were treated by medical staff from the International Organisation for Migration.

IOM physician Mohamed Abughalia said, “The survivors were all suffering from complete dehydration and exhaustion after being stranded at sea for days,”

“People suffered from trauma, severe malnutrition and burns sustained from the boat’s engine fuel.”

Four people in need of emergency medical care were transferred to a private hospital in Tripoli, IOM said.

IOM Libya Chief of Mission Othman Belbeisi said, “We continue to advocate for alternatives to detention for migrants returned to Libyan shores, specifically for those most vulnerable.”

The Sea Watch, Proactive Open Arms and Mediterranean NGOs announced on Friday that they were launching a joint rescue operation for migrants off Libya’s coast.

The charities said, Supported by a reconnaissance aircraft, the fleet will carry out joint search and rescue in the central Mediterranean and document human rights violations.

The Sea-Watch 3 rescue vessel had been unlawfully detained in Malta for four months, Seawatch stated.

The last migrant rescue ship operating in the Mediterranean, the Aquarius, chartered by the Doctors without Borders (MSF) and SOS Mediterranee charities, has been stuck in Marseille’s since Manama in September revoked the right to fly its flag