12 February 2024: Off the Coast of Libya

A wooden boat was sighted at night in international waters north of Libya by a team from Doctors Without Borders. The small wooden fishing boat contained people waving lights from their cellphones to attract attention after the boat’s engine quit. They had been drifting for hours in the pitch black, hundreds of miles offshore in the Mediterranean Sea. Aboard were 162 people, 29 of them children, on the overcrowded boat. The group was rescued and brought aboard another larger ship.