Child dies, 30 missing as migrant boat sinks off Libyan coast

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 Qasim told dpa .

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 .

Libya has descended into chaos since the overthrow of long – time autocrat Moamer Gaddafi in a 2011 armed revolt .

The North African country has become a major transit route for migrants , mostly Africans , trying to reach Europe by sea.

Thousands of migrants have been rescued or have died travelling to Europe .

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