Officials recover over one hundred bodies as migrant boat capsize off Egypt

Written by on September 23, 2016

At least one hundred and forty-eight bodies had been recovered by Friday from a boat carrying hundreds of migrants that capsized off Egypt two days earlier, Egyptian officials said. The boat sank off Burg Rashed, a coastal village on the Nile Delta. Rescue workers and fishermen said they had rescued at least one hundred and sixty-nine people, but confusion remained over how many might still be missing.000b8bc3-642

Security sources said there had been almost six hundred migrants aboard the boat. However, a survivor whose comments appeared in a video posted online said the migrants had been told that about two hundred people would be on board, but that the smugglers had then added another fifty, causing the boat to founder.


Officials said the boat was carrying Egyptian, Sudanese, Eritrean and Somali migrants, and that they believed it was heading for Italy. Four members of the crew were arrested.


The International Organization for Migration says that more than three thousand, two hundred migrants have died while attempting to cross the Mediterranean this year, while an estimated two hundred and ninety-eight thousand, four hundred and seventy-four have reached European shores.

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