At least 20 migrants trying to reach Europe drowned on Sunday in the Mediterranean off the coast of Libya, a Reuters photographer said.
Photographer Darrin Zammit Lupi, who is aboard the rescue ship Phoenix, said he saw 20 bodies while a dinghy was being helped by the crew of the ship, run by the Malta-based Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS).
At least 97 migrants went missing after their boat sank Thursday off the Libyan coast, a navy spokesman said.
According to survivors, those missing include 15 women and five children, General Ayoub Kacem told AFP.
The Libyan coast guard rescued a further 23 migrants of various African nationalities off the coast of Tripoli, he added.