Sur­vivors re­port 240 dead in 2 Mediter­ranean ship­wrecks

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - NEWS -

Sur­vivors say as many as 240 peo­ple have died in two ship­wrecks off Libya, the U.N. refugee agency re­ported Thurs­day, bring­ing this year's toll to more than 4,220 mi­grants dead or miss­ing in risky Mediter­ranean Sea cross­ings, the high­est count on record. Car­lotta Sami, a U.N. spokes-woman in Italy, said 31 sur­vivors of two ship­wrecks ar­riv­ing on the south­ern Ital­ian is­land of Lampe-dusa said that the rub­ber dinghies they were trav­el­ing in had cap­sized Wed­nes­day in heave seas shortly af­ter leav­ing Libya. The first dinghy, with about 140 peo­ple - in­clud­ing six chil­dren and about 20 women, some preg­nant - sank when wooden planks broke, caus­ing dinghy to cap­size 25 miles off the Libyan coast, the UN HCR said. Twenty-nine peo­ple were res­cued; 12 bod­ies were re­cov­ered. In both bases re­ported Thurs­day, most peo­ple on board ap­peard to have been sub-Sa­ha­ran Africans.

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