Missing boat found [Archives:2006/913/Local News]

January 19 2006

SANA'A, Jan. 18 ) The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) confirmed that a missing boat carrying 110 Somali and Ethiopian migrants has been found.

UNHCR field officer Mohammed Qatb Aldeen confirmed that the boat, missing approximately four days, reached Yemen's coast 7 p.m. yesterday. He said the boat was one of 12 vessels en route across the Gulf of Aden. The boat experienced technical problems and migrants suffered food and water shortages during those days, according to Aldeen.

Media sources reported the boat missing after it left Somalia's northeastern coast Monday.

Most passengers were young men from southern Somalia and Ethiopia aged 15 to 30. There were some women and children, but not many, the source said.

In the past five years, hundreds of migrants have lost their lives and drowned miles from Yemen's coast.