An overcrowded boat carrying hundreds of migrants from Libya to Italy capsized in the Mediterranean, according to the United Nations refugee agency Friday.
More than 200 migrants, mostly from sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, are missing and feared dead, reports the Los Angeles Times.
The boat ran aground Wednesday about 185 miles northwest of Tripoli, near a chain of Tunisian islands. As passengers went to one side to be rescued by coast guard and fishing boats, the migrants' boat capsized, it states.
The U.N. agency told the Los Angeles Times close to 570 people were saved, but another 200 -- mostly women and children -- fell into the sea and are still missing.
Tragedies involving overcrowded boats carrying migrants away from the fighting in Libya towards safety in Europe have been relatively common over the past couple months. If the missing from this boat are not rescued, this will be one of the deadliest incidents yet.
The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees estimates that about 1,500 migrants from Libya have died at sea since March.
Earlier in the week, Italian coast and revenue guards intercepted a ship off the coast of Sicily carrying 932 migrants trying to reach Italy, the Guardian reports. This was the biggest human cargo found in the Mediterranean since the unrest in north Africa began in January.
The survivors of the recent accident have been taken to the Choucha refugee camp in Tunisia, according to the Associated Press. The camp is sheltering sub-Saharan refugees who have fled the fighting in Libya.
From there many will try again to get to Italy, France 24 states.