Tunisia migrant boat death toll now at 82


The number of bodies recovered by Tunisia after a migrant ship sank off its coast last week rose to 82, one of the worst disasters in recent years, the Tunisian Red Crescent said.

The boat capsized after setting off for Europe from Libya. Survivors told the Tunisian coast guard last week it was carrying 86 people.

Tunisian fishermen rescued four people but one later died in hospital, the UN refugee agency UNHCR said.

“After a week of searches all 82 in the boat that sank were recovered,” Mongi Slim, an official of the Tunisian Red Crescent, told Reuters.

Libya’s west coast is a major departure point for African migrants hoping to reach Europe, though numbers dropped due to an Italian-led effort to disrupt smuggling networks and support Libya’s coast guard.