Victims spent two days in a rubber dinghy before sinking in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, said IOM
A rescue vessel, Oceano Viking, confirmed the deaths of at least 130 people in a shipwreck near the Libyan capital, Tripoli. The ship found several bodies floating in the waters of the central Mediterranean after the victims spent two days in a rubber dinghy waiting for help.
The spokeswoman for the International Organization for Migration, Safa Msehli, said that several SOS calls were made to maritime rescue centers in the region with a request to send rescue vessels. But nothing was done.
This year alone, more than 500 people drowned in the central part of the Mediterranean making the dangerous journey to Europe. The number is three times higher compared to last year's total, in the same period.
The IOM spokeswoman recalled that in the past three days, at least two other boats carrying migrants have entered the same waters.
The first wreck was intercepted by the Libyan coast guard and had to return more than 103 people on board. A woman and her son were found lifeless in the seizure. A third vessel, carrying 40 people, and which was at sea for three days, remains missing.
According to IOM, more than 16,700 people have crossed this same route since the beginning of this year.