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Migrants drown as traffickers remove boat’s engine

24 February 2017

At least 74 migrants are believed to have drowned off the Libyan coast after they set out to cross the Mediterranean into Italian waters in a rubber boat with no engine. Their bodies were found washed up on the Libyan coast, with more dead feared.

A spokesperson for the International Organization for Migration told the media of reports that people traffickers had removed the engine from the boat and left it adrift.

The latest deaths add to the record number of 228 drownings in January 2017. The European Border and Coast Guard Agency said that 4,579 migrants had died while attempting the Mediterranean crossing in 2016, 1,700 more than in 2015, and that the rise in deaths was due to the use of poor quality vessels.


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