A boat carrying Egyptian migrants sank off Libya, leaving two dead and 19 feared dead.

Libya: 2 Egyptian migrants dead, 19 missing after capsizing
A boat carrying Egyptian migrants sank off Libya, leaving two dead and 19 feared dead.

Cairo In the latest migrant catastrophe in the Mediterranean Sea, a boat carrying Egyptian migrants capsized off Libya’s coast, killing two and leaving 19 feared dead.

The boat carrying 27 migrants was found off the northeastern village of Tolmeitha, 68 miles east of Benghazi.

Six migrants survived the shipwreck, the organization said. Two bodies were recovered, while 19 were missing and thought dead.

Rescuers gave a tired victim water in a Facebook video.

The agency says the boat sank off Libya. It didn’t say why the boat capsized.

Thousands of migrants from the Middle East and Africa migrate to Europe. Every year, tens of thousands try to cross the Mediterranean to Europe.

Libya has become a major transit hub for African and Middle Eastern refugees. In 2011, a NATO-backed rebellion deposed and killed longtime tyrant Moammar Gadhafi.

Human traffickers have benefited from Libya’s disarray by smuggling migrants across its six borders. Migrants board ill-equipped rubber boats and other vessels for perilous sea crossings. Officials didn’t specify what type of boat was found.