TRIPOLI Aug 24 More than 250 migrants may have
died when a boat sank a kilometre (half a mile) off the Libyan
coast, a coastguard official said on Sunday.
"We believe there are still more than 250 bodies trapped
underwater," coastguard official Mohammad Abdellatif told
Reuters. "When we went underwater we discovered that the boat is
a lot bigger than we thought."
The boat sank late on Friday east of the capital Tripoli.
Thousands of migrants, mainly from sub-Saharan Africa, have
crowded into rickety vessels in recent months in an effort to
reach Italian shores. Many boats have been wrecked.
(Reporting by Heba al-Shibani; Writing by Ulf Laessing; Editing
by Andrew Roche)