Ship Carrying Libyian Refugees Sinks

By: Associated Press and WTVY
By: Associated Press and WTVY

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) -- Libya's government isn't commenting on the
fate of a refugee ship -- which a U.N. agency says apparently broke
apart and sank near Tripoli on Friday with up to 600 people on

The agency cites witnesses who say the ship was loaded with people trying to flee the violence in Libya. The witnesses said they saw pieces of the ship in the water, and the bodies of some passengers.

Other witnesses saw passengers swimming to shore, but it's not
clear how many may have survived.

U.N. refugee officials say they're still trying to confirm what happened to those on board.

The International Organization for Migration says it spoke to a Somali woman who said she lost her four-month-old baby in the sinking. The woman swam to shore and managed to board another boat heading to Italy.

At least three other boats that left Libya in late March have disappeared, and officials say hundreds may have died.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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