Rescuers say they have lost contact with a boat carrying some 500 migrants en route to Italy on high seas in the central Mediterranean.
Mediterranean boat carrying 500 migrants ‘disappears’
A boat carrying about 500 migrants, including a newborn baby and pregnant women, has disappeared in the central Mediterranean, two charities say.
Alarm Phone, a group that picks up calls from migrant vessels in distress, said on Friday it had lost contact with the boat on Wednesday morning.
At the time, the boat was adrift, with no working engine, on high seas about 320km north of the Libyan port of Benghazi and more than 400km from Malta or Italy’s southern island of Sicily.
Italian NGO Emergency said on Thursday its Life Support ship and the Ocean Viking, another charity vessel, had unsuccessfully looked for the missing boat for 24 hours but found no sign of any shipwreck.