Distress call sent from sinking migrant boat in Mediterranean

The IOM says its Rome office has received a distress call from international waters in the Mediterranean. (File photo: AFP)

A distress call has been sent from a sinking boat in the Mediterranean with more than 300 people on board, the Associated Press has reported the International Organization for Migration (IOM) as saying.

The IOM says its Rome office has received a distress call from international waters in the Mediterranean about three boats in need of help.

The IOM says the caller reported 300 people on his boat with about 20 fatalities and said the boat was sinking. The caller provided no information on the other boats.

The IOM had no additional details, including the location of the distress call.

(Developing story)

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