– A less than three year old Nigerian baby was among 17 migrants missing on the coast of Libya after night-time rescue if over 100 people
– The toddler’s mother who was still in shock told authorities that her child fell into the sea when the sea wave became rough
A less than three year old Nigerian baby was among 17 migrants missing on the coast of Libya after night-time rescue if over 100 people, Vanguard reports.
The migrants went missing from a partially submerged rubber boat off the coast of Libya, the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) said on Thursday, October 13.
The missing toddler’s mother told the rescue team that: “The sea was rough and the boat was taking on water. At one point some people started to panic. The next thing I knew I was pushed into the water and I lost my son in the chaos.”
The toddler’s mother who was still in shock said her child fell into the sea.
Similarly, one of the surviving teenagers said she also lost five friends to the wave which also killed a 16 years old.
However, the Italian coastguard received a distress call from the vessel on Wednesday, October 12, evening.
The guards, the report said, alerted the privately funded MOAS ship Phoenix which used remote controlled drone to locate the boat.
Also, the phoenix crew, successfully pulled 113 to safety, but survivors said it had set out from Libya with 130 on board.
A man said five of his friends were missing while another said a 16-year-old girl also had disappeared.
However, photographs posted on the MOAS web site also show that many migrants were in the water and clinging to the boat when rescuers arrived. A search for the bodies had to be abandoned due to rough seas, the statement said.
It was also said that many of those rescued suffered burns caused by leaking fuel, and one woman was in shock with first-degree burns on a third of her body, MOAS said.
A medical evacuation for her had been blocked by bad weather.
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