A speedboat labelled as Libyan Coast Guard today attacked a dinghy carrying migrants in the Mediterranean Sea causing the death of four, German NGO Sea-Watch has said.
The organization added that their two speed boats were beset aggressively, preventing their crew from further providing life vests and medical aid to the people in need.
“The violent intervention of the Libyan Coast Guard caused a situation of mass panic on board the rubber boat in distress, Sea-Watch said, adding that in the process “one tube of the rubber boat collapsed, causing the majority of the 150 people to slip into the water.”
Some 120 refugees have been rescued onto the Sea-Watch 2. Unfortunately, four bodies have been recovered while four other unconscious people are currently receiving medical treatment.
It is not yet clear why the Libyan Coast Guard attacked the dinghy carrying migrants.
Sea-Watch has called for an immediate investigation into what it termed a “violation of humanitarian law.”