US State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said that 167 Americans — 40 nonessential embassy personnel and their family members, and 127 private US citizens — were waiting to be evacuated by ferry from Libya Thursday. The ferry remained docked in the capital of Tripoli because of high seas. There were also 118 foreigners on board and the boat wasn't expected to leave until Friday.
"These people have been on board the ship for now well over 24 hours," Crowley said. "I'm sure they're uncomfortable. They slept last night on the ship."
Crowley said the US had security aboard the vessel and that Libyan officials were securing the port area. He sidestepped a reporter's question as to whether the US was fearful of a hostage situation arising, and praised Libya for cooperating with the US on the planned ferry voyage to Malta.