Eight people were dead and over 100 people were deemed missing as a result of a shipwreck with refugees on board off the Libyan coast in the Mediterranean Sea, local media said.
Four refugees have been saved, and they said that there were 107 migrants onboard, ANSA reported.
Search and rescue operations reportedly continued after nightfall in poor weather conditions.
Europe has been beset by a massive refugee crisis, with hundreds of thousands of undocumented migrants fleeing their crisis-torn countries in the Middle East and North Africa to escape violence and poverty.
The majority of them cross the Mediterranean Sea and arrive in the European Union using Southern EU nations as transit points.
The overall number of migrants that arrived to Europe by sea in 2016 stands for 343,589, according to the IOM.