Hundreds of migrants were feared drowned off the Libyan coast Wednesday.
Flavio Di Giacomo, a spokesman for the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Italy, tweeted that a boat carrying hundreds of people capsized, and 100 have been rescued. The Associated Press reported an estimated 600 people were aboard.
Agence France-Presse said that hundreds of migrants were feared dead, according to the Italian coastguard.
Capt. Donal Gallagher, of the Irish navy, told the AP that 150 migrants were spotted in the water and that rescue efforts by several ships were underway. An Italian military helicopter was lowering life rafts, the news agency reported.
A boat carrying hundreds of people capsized off the Libyan coasts.100 migrants have been rescued.No other info for the moment. @IOM_news
— Flavio Di Giacomo (@fladig) August 5, 2015