The International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Libya has confirmed the recovery of six bodies after a small wooden boat carrying around 35 migrants capsized off the coast of Sabratha, on Friday, while 29 others are missing and presumed dead.

“At least 53 migrants have been reported dead or missing off Libya this week alone”, the IOM tweeted.

It also added that “the continued loss of life in the Mediterranean must not be normalized. Human lives are the cost of inaction. Dedicated search and rescue capacity and a safe disembarkation mechanism are urgently needed to prevent further deaths and suffering”.