Over 30 illegal migrants went missing as boat capsized off Libyan coast

33% less migrants arrived to Italy in 2017 (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)

A child died and 30 people went missing when a migrant boat sank off the Libyan coast on Tuesday, the Libyan Navy said.

“The wooden boat sank after it crashed into rocks near the coast of the western Libyan city of Sabratha,’’ Libyan Navy spokesman Ayoub Qassim said.

He said the residents of the city managed to rescue 16 migrants, 13 Africans and three South Asians and recovered the body of a child while 30 others were missing.

“The 30 people are likely to have survived as the boat was close to the beaches,’’ he said.

Earlier in the day, the International Organisation for Migration said 15 people had been picked up, however said the number of those who were on board was unclear.

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