Migrant boat sinks off Libya, up to 700 feared dead

Up to 700 people are feared to have died after a boat carrying migrants capsized off the Libyan coast.

FILE. The body of an illegal immigrant floats on the water after a boat carrying illegal migrants from sub-Saharan Africa sank. Picture: AFP.

ROME - As many as 700 people are feared dead after a boat carrying migrants capsized off the Libyan coast overnight, the Times of Malta reported on Sunday.

Twenty-eight people were rescued in the incident, which happened in an area just off Libyan waters, 120 miles (193.121 kilometres) south of the southern Italian island of Lampedusa, the newspaper's website reported.

The emergency was declared at about midnight.

The boat is believed to have capsized when migrants moved to one side of the vessel when a merchant ship approached.