TUNIS: The loss of life toll from a ship filled with African migrants that sank off the Tunisian coast final week has risen to 58 after Tunisia recovered 38 our bodies on Thursday, the Tunisian Pink Crescent mentioned.
The Tunisian Pink Crescent believes that the eventual toll from the incident might be greater than 80, which might make it one of many worst migrant boat disasters to this point.
Survivors instructed the Tunisian coast guard final week that the boat, which capsized after setting off for Europe from neighbouring Libya, had been carrying 86 individuals.
”Solely right now, the Coast Guard recovered 38 our bodies off the coast of Zarzis, bringing the loss of life toll to 58,” Mongi Slim, an official of the Tunisian Pink Crescent, instructed Reuters.
Tunisian fishermen rescued 4 individuals who have been on board the identical overcrowded boat however one later died in hospital, the U.N. refugee company UNHCR mentioned final week.
Libya’s west coast is a major departure level for African migrants hoping to succeed in Europe, although numbers have dropped attributable to an Italian-led effort to disrupt smuggling networks and help the Libyan Coast Guard.
Sixty-five migrants heading for Europe from Libya drowned in Might when their boat capsized off Tunisia.