Tunisia’s coastguard has recovered the bodies of 12 African migrants who drowned when their boat carrying more than 80 people sank after setting off for Europe from neighbouring Libya, the Tunisian Red Crescent has said.
A boat carrying at least 86 refugees and migrants capsized off the coast of Tunisia on Thursday, with most feared drowned.
“Twelve bodies were recovered Saturday morning off the coast of southern Tunisia, two of which were women,” said Mongi Slim, a Red Crescent official.
Those found were estimated to have been between 20 and 30 years old, he told AFP news agency.
Tunisian fishermen came across the sinking boat and were able to pull four survivors out on Wednesday night, but could not find any of the other passengers.
One of the four survivors later died in hospital, the UN refugee agency UNHCR said on Thursday.
Al Jazeera’s Sarah Khairat, reporting on Thursday from a refugee camp in Zarzis, said the four survivors were all men – three from Mali and one from the Ivory Coast – who were brought to the camp.
At least 65 migrants heading for Europe from Libya drowned last May when their boat capsized off Tunisia.