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Death toll surpasses 100 in migrant boat accident near Italy

By Nicole Winfield
Associated Press

ROME: Italy’s coast guard says divers have seen at least another 20 bodies around a migrant boat on the sea floor after it capsized off the southern island of Lampedusa, raising the death toll in the shipwreck to at least 114 people.

Cmdr. Floriana Segreto says “divers of the coast guard have found the boat on the sea floor at a depth of 40 meters (130 feet). ... The divers have yet to go inside the boat.”

She added that they are waiting for the weather to improve Thursday and will then start recovering more bodies.

It was one of the deadliest recent accidents in the perilous Mediterranean Sea crossing for African migrants seeking a new life in the European Union.



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