The Address | Benghazi – Libya
A woman and baby drowned on Sunday off the Libyan coast, while up to 25 migrants remain missing after their engine was stolen and their boat sank, the coastguard said.
Their bodies were recovered while the 73 other migrants were rescued after fishermen alerted the Libyan coastguard, said spokesman Ayoub Kacem.
The group had been left without an engine after it was stolen at sea by unknown assailants, he added.
The dinghy was drifting some 14 nautical miles from Garabulli, east of the capital Tripoli, when it started taking on water and ultimately sank.
Forty men, 25 women, and eight children were saved and taken to a center in the Tripoli suburbs, Kacem said.
The survivors, some of whom were injured, come from Ivory Coast, Kenya, Nigeria, and Sudan.
Between 80 and 100 people were on board the dinghy, leaving up to 25 missing, according to a separate coastguard statement citing survivors’ testimony.