170 migrants feared lost at sea off Libya: coastguard

Libyan navy personnel patrol off the coast of the eastern city of Benghazi on February 17, 2013.

Libyan navy personnel patrol off the coast of the eastern city of Benghazi on February 17, 2013.

A Libyan coastguard official said on Friday a boat carrying 170 illegal migrants from sub-Saharan Africa was feared lost at sea off the capital Tripoli.

“We are looking for 170 African passengers on a wooden boat that has foundered off the Guarakouzi area” some 60 kilometres (35 miles) east of Tripoli, coastguard official Abdellatif Mohammed Ibrahim told AFP.

 
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