(LAMPEDUSA, Italy) — More than 80 refugees are feared missing after their boat sank off the coast of Libya.
An Italian merchant ship was able to rescue 26 survivors after the Italian coast guard received a satellite phone call Friday. The inflatable dinghy was found taking on water in rough waves of up to 7 feet, according to BBC.
The International Organization for Migration said testimonies gathered from asylum seekers indicated that 84 people were missing.
A spokesperson for the Italian coast guard told BBC similar dinghies used were usually full, carrying 100-120 people.
The rescued refugees were brought to Lampedusa, an Italian island south of Sicily, on Saturday.
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Source: World News