UNHCR says up to 240 dead in wrecks off Libya
CALAIS, France - The U.N. refugee agency says survivor accounts indicate as many as 240 people have died in two shipwrecks off Libya. No bodies have been recovered.
UNHCR spokeswoman in Italy Carlotta Sami says 31 survivors of two shipwrecks who arrived on Thursday on the Italian island of Lampedusa reported that their boats capsized in heavy seas.
Sami said 29 people survived the first wreck, reporting that about 120 people had gone missing. And in a separate operation, two women found swimming at sea told rescuers another 120 people had died in that wreck.
In both cases, most of the people on board appeared to have been sub-Saharan Africans, but Sami said aid workers were still ascertaining details.
Sami said the latest reported deaths bring to over 4,220 the number of people dead or missing in the Mediterranean this year, the highest toll on record.
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
Victim's family frustrated by three-year delay in latest sex crime accusation involving...
Dirt pile cleared from cemetery, headstones found after 2 On Your Side...
'Mass chaos': Witness describes panic after gunfire erupted at high school graduation
Amid flood of criticism, Louisiana State Police launches new unit to investigate...
Police: 3 bystanders shot, another victim trampled after gunfire erupted at Hammond...
Southern baseball wins game one 21-2 over Alcorn
VIDEO: Former Saints and Tiger Devery Henderson talks about the difference between...
New NCAA rules tweak opens door for more SEC dominance
VIDEO: Devery Henderson Talk about Bluegrass Miracle and the Saints "Rebirth game"
VIDEO: Former Tigers and Saints receiver Devery Henderson talks with Corey Rholdon...