As many as 500 migrants may have died when a large ship sank in the Mediterranean between Libya and Italy, the United Nations refugee agency said.
The 41 survivors — 37 men, three women and a 3-year-old child — were rescued by a merchant ship Saturday and taken to Kalamata, Greece. Those rescued include 23 Somalis, 11 Ethiopians, 6 Egyptians and one person from Sudan, the U.N. Disaster came as smugglers transferred people to another boat at sea. The survivors told U.N. officials they had been part of a group of between 100 and 200 people that departed last week on a 30-meter boat from a site near Tobruk, Libya.