Lampedusa mayor says 94 dead so far in migrant wreck

Hundreds of migrants at sea, about 500 had been onboard

03 October, 12:55

    Migrants being rescued after wreck near Lampedusa Migrants being rescued after wreck near Lampedusa

    (ANSAmed) - LAMPEDUSA - Lampedusa Mayor Giusi Nicolini told ANSA Thursday that rescuers have recovered the bodies of 94 migrants so far after a boat wreck near the Sicilian island. Nicolini was in tears as she gave the news.

    Many more are feared dead as the boat was carrying 450-500 people and so far only around 150 have been saved.

    The crews of two fishing boats transiting the area alerted the Coast Guard after seeing the shipwreck about half a mile from Isola dei Conigli.

    The boat had capsized and went up in flames, ANSA was told. Rescue workers say that about 150 migrants have been rescued and taken to the Lampedusa port thus far. Two patrol boats are at the scene of the shipwreck, one from the Coast Guard and one from the Guardia di Finanza (GdF).

    Helicopters and aircraft are overflying the area.(ANSAmed).

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